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Apr 21, 2015

Corozal Cop on Motorcycle Rapes Minor

Andrew Ramirez

A Corozal police man has been detained following allegations of a rape of a fourteen year old girl. On Monday evening, the minor and her mother visited the Corozal Police Station and reported that the girl was walking home in Altamira on Monday when she was offered a ride on a cycle by the cop. The girl identified the man as a police officer and said that he was in black clothing with ‘police markings.’ A medical examination of the child by a doctor confirmed that she was carnally known and classified her injury as wounding. The officer who allegedly committed the rape is Cyril Casimiro. He was charged today for rape and wounding. We spoke with Officer Commanding the Corozal Police, Superintendent Andrew Ramirez who says that the police are being thorough and assure the public that the investigation is transparent.

 

Via Phone: Supt. Andrew Ramirez, O.C Corozal Police

“A fourteen year old child along with her mother visited the Corozal Police Station where she made a serious allegation against a police officer. Initial information from her is that she was on the Alta Mira Road when this officer, who she knows, asked her if he can take her home which she accepted. However, the officer, instead of taking her to her residence, he took her off the Consejo Road. The allegations continued that he had unlawful sexual intercourse with her against her will. She has since been examined by medical professionals who had confirmed that yes there have been some activity recently, among others. The officer in question is presently detained. Where we continue the investigations and hopefully by tomorrow, charges will be levied against this officer in relation to the allegation made against him.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What are you able to say to the public that when these allegations come forward against one of your own, that the whole process is transparent and that the investigation is conducted thoroughly?”

 

Via Phone: Supt. Andrew Ramirez

“Well, Andrea, first of all, I will say that the Police Department does not and will not condone acts like these; whether it be allegations or not. We tend to move swiftly in relation to the report because we want to ensure that we have the public’s confidence and trust that we do not put it under the rug, so to speak. Hence, the reason the police officer who was called out was immediately put under arrest last night in police lock up. We will ensure that we will leave no stone unturned in relation to this matter. If we are here to protect the community at large, then we shouldn’t just talk the talk but walk the walk, as well. I just want to inform the community as well that if and when the officer is charge for a criminal matter, that’s not done there. Because he is part of a discipline organization and as such he will also be facing disciplinary charges because he or any other police officer brings the police department strain or disrepute, they also commit a breach of discipline. So that’s the situation with this specific case, that it will be a twofold; a criminal matter and also a disciplinary matter.”

 

Casimiro remains in custody and will be arraigned in the Orange Walk Magistrate Court on Wednesday.

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2 Responses for “Corozal Cop on Motorcycle Rapes Minor”

  1. Observer says:

    I’m hearing case after case of police officers misconduct and criminal activities WOW, this is why all the community policing efforts is such a hard sale to the people now days, community volunteers working in partnership with these guys? you have to be joking, maybe their bad habits will corrupt the honest civilians? We need a total change of policing model and start over with law enforcement in Belize.

  2. Francisco says:

    I hope a DNA test is done to tie this policeman to the crime – police know all the tricks and cover for one another. Also no bail should be granted to police officers committing crimes. They are trained to uphold the law and know the law. So keep him locked up until the case is completed.

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