Four Argentine cops have been charged with gang-raping their 21-year-old workmate in a sports centre where they were sleeping during the coronavirus crisis.
The shocking incident took place in the municipal sports centre of the Los Polvorines District in the Malvinas Argentinas area of the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires which had been adapted for police officers to stay as they work to enforce the country’s coronavirus lockdown.
The 21-year-old victim, whose name has not been revealed but is from the city of La Plata, also in Buenos Aires province, had graduated in from the police academy and been sent to reinforce the lockdown in the capital.
She reportedly decided to stay at the sports centre as she was going to be working in the area the following day.
She is said to have agreed to have a beer with one of her colleagues before they had consensual sex in the bathroom of the sports centre.
Local media report the 25-year-old officer who had consensual sex with the victim then bumped into four other officers going into the bathroom as he was leaving it.
The four officers are said to have gang-raped the victim, who began screaming for help from the other 14 officers who were in the sports centre at the time.
Other cops are said to have run into the bathroom and helped the victim, who then reported the case at the police station for Women and Family in Malvinas Argentinas, with prosecutor Jorge Eduardo Castana now in charge of the case.
Four police officers aged 19, 21, 22 and 26, whose names were not revealed, were arrested and charged with sexual abuse, while the officer who had consensual sex with the woman was charged with failing to provide help to the victim as he allegedly could have prevented the abuse taking place.
All five suspects reportedly refused to give statements and were sent to court as the investigation continues. They have been suspended from the police force.
The municipality of Malvinas Argentinas condemned the incident in a press statement saying they “totally reject the horrible episode of gang rape reported by a police officer in the province of Buenos Aires.”
The investigation is ongoing.
According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Argentina has registered 6,563 cases of COVID-19 and 319 deaths.
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