Garda arrested over teen rape claim
A GARDA has been suspended from duty after he was accused by an alleged sex attack victim of raping her in his station.
Investigating officers arrested the suspect and questioned him about the incident, which allegedly took place in a small rural station in the western region. A file is currently being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions, who will then determine if criminal charges should be brought against the man.
The victim, who is now 20, was 18 when she she was allegedly raped at the station and in other locations in 2010.
The accusations have been made against a rank-and-file garda, with lengthy service in the force. He is married with children.
Detectives arrested the man last week and he was taken to a garda station in mid-Leinster where he was questioned throughout the day under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. He was later released without charge, pending a file to the DPP.
The incidents are alleged to have taken place while gardai were investigating an unrelated case in which the then teenage girl said she had been raped by another man, earlier that year.
That investigation has resulted in criminal charges being brought against the man and he is due to stand trial in the Central Criminal Court.
The girl was said to have been highly vulnerable when she met the garda, who took a keen interest in her case.
Senior officers in the local division did not become aware of the fresh allegations until the girl spoke to another garda recently and he made an official report about her complaints.
The girl then contacted her solicitor and they opted to have