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A Belize police officer accused of raping a detained woman has been denied bail

BELMOPAN, Belize, (CMC) – Belize’s police commissioner opposed the release on bail of an officer accused of raping a woman while she was held at a police station last Friday.

“Yes, I opposed bail because we believe the police officer should remain in jail pending the outcome of his case,” Police Commissioner Chester Williams told reporters after the officer appeared in court.

According to reports, the 45-year-old policeman offered to release the woman without charges in exchange for sex.

Reports indicate that he took the woman out of her cell and escorted her to another area of ​​the police station, where he allegedly had intercourse with her.

The Belize Police Department (BPD) said a criminal and internal investigation is ongoing, and the police commissioner condemned the officer’s actions.

“An ongoing internal investigation is underway to determine whether there was a dereliction of supervision or dereliction of duty that may have allowed this egregious act to be committed. “BPD is committed to transparency and accountability, ensuring that justice is served and the public trust is maintained,” police said in a statement.

Williams, who is also a lawyer, appeared in lower courts at the officer’s hearing, where he opposed bail.

He later told reporters that his appearance in court for a rather simple arraignment was intended to show the importance of the case.

“As I said earlier, we are committed to getting rid of these rogue officers who continually do things that embarrass the department. “My presence here is a strong confirmation that we are doing everything we can to ensure that those harmed by police actions receive justice,” said Police Commissioner Williams.

“The person who is the victim was a prisoner in police custody. An investigation revealed that a police officer solicited her for sex in exchange for her release. He then took her outside the cell block where the act took place. We have secured several statements as well as video evidence to support her allegations,” Williams added.

He said the police officer in question must have been aware that there were cameras on the block, adding: “Every police officer who works in that area knows there are cameras there.”

The police commissioner said that while “the camera would not have captured the act itself, it recorded him taking her out of her cell and taking her to the area where the alleged rape took place.”

Williams said the officer was just a block guard. It was his duty to make sure the prisoners were OK.”