Two men have been arrested on suspicion of raping a six-year-old girl after complaints were filed against the men in West Bay Monday night.
One of the men was arrested soon after the complaint was made while the second was taken into police custody Tuesday afternoon.
Police have not named the two men as charges are yet to be filed against them.
‘The Family Support Unit is currently investigating an allegation of a serious crime against a child,’ the RCIPS said in a press release Tuesday.
‘The investigation is being led by Acting Detective Inspector Doris Morris, acting head of the Family Support Unit and two men have been arrested on suspicion of rape. They are currently in police custody,’ the release said.
News of the rape allegations spread quickly throughout the community Tuesday after an email containing a picture of one of the men with the accompanying text ‘wanted for rape call police if seen’ made the rounds on Grand Cayman. The email claimed that the man was on the run from police.
Police emphasised they had not issued the email, stating that as a matter of policy, the RCIPS does not release details of wanted people to the media or public.
While the RCIPS said it understands the feeling around such allegations, they implored the public not to take matters into its own hands, asking them to instead go to police with information about the case or about crime in the community generally.
‘We take all allegations of any sexual offence very seriously,’ said RCIPS spokesperson Deborah Denis. ‘We have officers specially trained in the Family Support Unit to deal with victims, accused persons and witnesses – anyone involved in this type of case,’ she said.
‘Although we understand the feeling amongst the community, the police officers have a job to do and it is best they are left to do their job as best they can without any vigilante actions or hindrances from the community, however well intentioned.’
The fresh child-sex allegations are sure to shake a community still angered by a recent two-year prison sentence that was given to a man in his 20s that had pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a boy aged five.
The Caymanian Compass’s 30 September report on that case brought about a wave of outraged calls to talk radio shows and caused one local businesswoman to announce plans to establish a privately run sex offenders registry that would name and shame sex offenders.
Sandra Catron, a former political candidate and talk show host, said she would have the sex-offenders registry hosted abroad if necessary to overcome certain legal restrictions on what can be reported on in court proceedings involving young people and sexual offences.
The RCIPS called on anyone in the community that wants to speak with an officer about crimes of this nature to contact the Family Support Unit on 946-9185.
Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling crime stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1,000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.