GDF launces internal investigation after rank arrested for raping 14-year-old

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) has launched an internal investigation into the allegations of rape against one of its ranks. The Police have reported that a Lance Corporal has been arrested for the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl.

The incident occurred in Region One (Barima-Waini) sometime between September 2020 to now.

Police said a preliminary investigation into the matter revealed that the victim and suspect shared a relationship for about one year. However, on September 14, 2021, the matter was reported to the police and the suspect was arrested.

In a statement, GDF said that it is aware that one of its ranks is currently the subject of a police investigation into allegations of having sexual activity with an underage female.

It further stated that the rank was stationed at one of the Force’s outlying areas and that the internal investigation has since been launched.

“The Force wishes to reiterate and assure this nation that it does not condone these actions. Further, our ranks are bound by the Values and Standards and, as such, their conduct and professionalism are of paramount importance,” GDF said.

The Police investigations are ongoing.