Mexican Policemen Charged with Robbery and Sexual Assault of Barque Eagle Crew


Two policemen from the Gulf Coast port city of Veracruz were charged Tuesday with robbery, abuse of authority and sexual misconduct, following an alleged attack on a Coast Guard cadet and an enlisted crewmember on the Coast Guard Barque Eagle, Mexican authorities said.

Chief Warrant Officer David M. French, an academy spokesman, said the third-class female cadet and the male crewmember alleged that two law enforcement officers assaulted them while they were on liberty during a port call at Veracruz Friday.

French said the incident was reported to have happened as they were heading back to the ship, probably early Saturday morning.

Silvina Morales, the prosecutor’s office agent in charge of the case, told the Associated Press that according to the complaint, the cadet and the crewmember decided to swim at a local beach. She said the two policemen apparently hid behind some rocks and surprised the swimmers when they came out of the ocean.

The alleged victims said the police officers attempted to handcuff them, stole some of their possessions, threatened them and forced the female to perform oral sex on one of them, Morales told the AP.

French said the Mexican officers were taken into custody. He said he did not have their names.

“We don’t know all the details of the case,” he said. “We’re working on an investigation with Mexican authorities. Our primary concern is the health and wellbeing of the Coast Guard members. Both members have been in contact with their families and we are looking at getting them counseling.”

The Eagle docked Friday in Veracruz and left on Monday. French said the alleged victims are still in Mexico working with authorities on the investigation while the ship is continuing on its summer training program. It is due to arrive in Miami on July 27 as its next port call.

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