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Police officer charged with rape

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 05/10/2020

A Police officer has been charged with rape and indecent assault.

In a statement from the Tonga Police Commissioner Steven Caldwell, a 29-year-old Police Officer has been arrested and charged with rape and indecent assault.

The statement adds that the matter allegedly occurred on Sunday 27th of September 2020 in which an 18-year-old young woman was in police custody.

It was reported to Police on Tuesday the 29th of September and after a criminal investigation an arrest was made on Thursday the 1st of October.

At the same time the issue is also undergoing a Professional Standards investigation.

Commissioner Caldwell had suspended the police Officer before his arrest.

The accused appeared at the Magistrate Court today and is remanded in custody as investigation continues.

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