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Child psychologist says teen transported in same car as rapist should be evaluated

Published:Tuesday | December 6, 2016 | 1:07 PM

Child psychologist Dr Orlean Brown has raised concerns about reports that the police transported a 14-year-old girl in the same vehicle with a man accused of raping her.

The teen’s aunt, whose name is being withheld, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that she was at the Waterford Police Station on Sunday night when her niece arrived in the front seat of the police car and the suspect in the back seat.

The psychologist says she is concerned about the fear the 14-year-old must have experienced travelling with her alleged attacker in an enclosed space.

Brown says such a scenario is scary and could exacerbate the teen’s post-traumatic stress disorder.

She says persons who commit sexual assault are usually aggressive.

Brown argues that having a victim of sexual assault and her alleged attacker in the same space could allow for intimidation to take place.

She is recommending that the 14-year-old girl undergo psychological evaluation.

Brown says the teen could be seriously affected in the future and as a result will require immediate attention before it is too late.

Meanwhile, Assistant Commissioner of Police Wray Palmer says there is no protocol within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) that prevents police officers from transporting a victim and an accused person in the same vehicle.

But, ACP Palmer, who heads the Inspectorate of the Constabulary (IOC) arm of the JCF, says this should not happen as far as is practicable.

However, the IOC head says he is withholding further comments because he does not want to prejudice the investigations.