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Sep 8, 2006

Ex-cop cleared of carnal knowledge charge

Today a former police officer accused of sexually assaulting a minor left the courtroom a free man. In January, a fourteen year old girl alleged that twenty-five year old Gilroy Ramirez had sex with her in Caye Caulker Village. Subsequent investigations led to the arrest of the ex-cop who was later charged with carnal knowledge. But when Ramirez appeared before Supreme Court Justice Adolph Lucas this morning, prosecutor Merlene Matute informed the court that the government could not proceed with the case because the victim has said she has no interest in testifying against Ramirez. As for why the minor may have chosen not to cooperate, it is suspected that the young girl may have deterred by the fact that a similar allegation on her part against another former police officer ended in an acquittal. At the time of both incidents both men were attached to the Caye Caulker police station.


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