The commissioner of Pleebo Sodokan District in Maryland County Jerome Neuville has been reportedly arrested and subsequently charged with statutory rape. According to state radio ELBC, Commissioner Neuville allegedly raped a 15-year-old minor since last year and had been on the run.
The alleged victim is reportedly living with her parents in Maryland County.Police arrested him in Putu Mountain region, Grand Gedeh County and brought him back to Maryland County where he has been charged, awaiting court trial.
Rape here is a non-bailable crime punishable by 10 years imprisonment or left sentence, depending on the gravity of the offense.The Government of Liberia establishes a special court, Criminal Court E at the Temple of Justice on Capitol Hill to fast track rape cases, but the senate here recently amended the country’s rape law, making the crime bailable. President Ellen Johnson is yet to sign the amendment into law.
-Editing by Jonathan Browne