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Aug 3, 2007

Sergeant Wade acquitted of raping W.P.C.

Two years after thirty-seven year old Sergeant Leslie Wade was accused of raping a thirty year old woman police constable, today Wade walked out of the Supreme Court a free man.

According to the woman, the rape occurred in the early morning of September twentieth, 2005, in the barracks of the Police Training School in Belmopan. She had asked to stay with Wade when she could not get a ride back to Belize City. The W.P.C. slept in the same bed with Wade, who was her supervisor at the time, but, she said, only after both had agreed that nothing would happen between them. In spite of this, she claims Wade had sexual intercourse with her against her will.

The W.P.C. went on to testify that two days after the incident, she was called into the office of Inspector Thomas Ramirez where Sgt. Wade apologized to her. The court never got to hear from Ramirez, however, because he failed to show up to testify. In his testimony, Wade agreed that he slept in the same bed with the W.P.C. but told the court that no sex occurred between them.

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