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Jul 8, 2020

Policeman Investigated for Sexual Assault in Independence

Dwayne Sutherland

A policeman attached to the Intermediate Southern Formation in Independence Village is under investigation following an allegation that he forced a female minor into an unlawful sexual act.  On Monday, a teenager, along with her mother, filed a complaint against an officer who took her into custody at the police station after discovering that she was driving a vehicle along the Savannah Road without a driver’s license.  According to the seventeen-year-old, she was pulled over by a pair of officers who took control of the vehicle and took her to the precinct where they asked her if she had anything to offer in lieu of facing traffic related offenses.  The teenager told police that she was taken back to Savannah Road where she was coerced into a sexual act by one of the officers.

 

Supt. Dwayne Sutherland, O.C., Professional Standards Branch

“On July 6th, 2020, that is Monday, a seventeen-year-old female, accompanied by her mother, visited the Intermediate Southern Formation located in Independence Village.  She reported that on the same date, sometime around 11:30 a.m., she was driving a motor vehicle on Savannah Road when two police officers stopped her.  One of the police officers demanded the production of her driver’s license.  She mentioned to the officer that she is not in possession of a license.  The officer then took possession and control of the vehicle.  He drove the motor vehicle to the vicinity of the police station where it is alleged that he asked the female if she’s willing to give anything so that she can evade traffic related offense charges.  The female did mention certain things to the officer and the officer then drove the said motor vehicle along with the complainant to a feeder road off the same Savannah Road in Independence Village.  The complainant further alleges that whilst on that road, that feeder road, the officer caused her to have oral sex on him against her will.  As a result of the report received, we have launched an internal and a criminal investigation into this matter.  The investigation continues.  If it is that we gather sufficient evidence to substantiate this allegation, that officer will be charged criminally and also will be dealt with disciplinarily.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So at this time that officer remains on the force employed?”

 

Supt. Dwayne Sutherland

“At this time, between today or tomorrow, based on the information or based on the information the commissioner will be briefed and he will make a determination as to when that officer will be placed on interdiction, if any.”


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