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Belize: Former police officer convicted of raping a child

March 15, 2023

CMC – A High Court judge has remanded into custody a former police officer, who was found guilty on Tuesday of raping a 14-year-old student in 2015.

Justice Antoinette Moore remanded Cyril Casimiro into custody until sentencing after he was found guilty of raping the student whom he had offered a ride home on April 20, 2015.

The High Court heard that Casimiro, who was a police constable with more than 10 years of experience at the time of the incident, had been charged with wounding and rape after he took the 14-year-old girl on his police motorbike and raped her.

The minor had reported that while walking home in Altamira Village, she was offered a ride by the then 35-year-old police officer who took her to the Consejo area where he had sex with her against her will. A doctor confirmed that she was sexually assaulted and classified her injury as wounding.

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