Monday, April 28, 2014

France: Update--Elite Police Officers in Paris Charged with Alleged Rape of Canadian Tourist, 34

According to The Toronto Sun, two Paris police officers, a captain and a major, have been charged with allegedly raping a Canadian tourist, 34.

The 34-year-old Toronto woman met four officers in a Paris pub on April 22 and took up an offer to see the police headquarters nearby, an iconic building located along the Seine River. It is there she alleges the four officers sexually assaulted her in an office.

The captain and the major were both charged on the weekend, according to Le Monde.

A third officer is being considered as a witness, but not necessarily a suspect. The fourth officer was released without being charged.

COMMENT: Other than responding to charges against two of the officers involved, the newly-elected Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, 54, has said very little about the officers' being charged.

It is still unknown as to whether the Canadian victim submitted to a forensic exam at a Paris hospital following the alleged attack.

According to media statements, the alleged rape victim is reportedly a police officer in a suburb of Toronto.
All four officers are a member of a an anti-gang crime unit.

In court on the weekend, one of the officers admitted to having sexual contact with the woman, but said it was consensual.

Seemingly, the victim and the officers who have been charged are very far apart in terms of what actually occurred on Tuesday night, although taking the Canadian to a police headquarters seems well beyond the scope of access control protocols.

Three officers were suspended on Sunday (April 27), according to the Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.