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Another Area One cop charged for sex with minor

Published:Thursday | August 8, 2019 | 12:15 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

A St James district constable, who his accused of raping a 13-year-old girl, was slapped with criminal charges on Tuesday, following a ruling by the director of public prosecutions (DPP).

The accused, 35-year-old Cleavon Heaven of Farm Heights in St James, is the second police officer in the Area One region to be charged with rape within the past month. He surrendered to the police on Tuesday on two arrest warrants for grievous sexual assault and rape.

Reports are that the 13-year-old victim is a friend of one of the cop’s relatives, with whom he built a friendship through social media.

The two reportedly met in downtown Montego Bay, where he picked her up and drove to a section of Kent Avenue, where he allegedly held her down and raped her.

The matter was reported to the police, and the child was taken to the Type V Clinic in Montego Bay, where it was confirmed that she had been sexually molested.

A file was then prepared and sent to the DPP, who ruled that Heaven should be charged.

Prior to that incident, 22-year-old Constable Akeil Maxwell, who was stationed at the Hanover Police Headquarters, was also charged with raping a 15-year-old girl, while she was being held at the Lucea headquarters.

Maxwell was granted bail in the sum of $1 million when he appeared in court on July 9 and was ordered to surrender his travelling documents and to report to the Anchovy Police Station three times per week.

He is to return to court on September 24.

Reports are that on June 20, the 15-year-old was being held in the holding area at the Lucea Police Headquarters when Maxwell allegedly went inside the holding area and forcefully had sex with her.

The matter was reported to other officers at the station and the constable was taken into custody.

Following a ruling from the DPP, he was later charged.