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The accused, Otis Archibald.
The accused, Otis Archibald.

A Vincentian member of the Royal Antigua and Barbuda Police Force has been charged with kidnapping and raping a 13-year-old girl in that northern Caribbean nation.

The alleged crimes were reportedly committed between July and September this year

The police officer, Otis Archibald, a prosecutor, was remanded in police custody when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh on Wednesday.

He was not required to plead to the indictable charges.

Archibald returns to court on Feb. 22, 2017 for the commencement of a preliminary hearing after which the case may be sent to the High Court for trial.

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Archibald was charged two days after returning to Antigua from St. Vincent, where he came a few weeks ago, about the time that the allegations against him surfaced.

Archibald, a corporal and prosecutor, returned to Antigua on Monday, escorted by a member of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force.

Before leaving St. Vincent on a commercial flight Monday morning, he met at the E.T. Joshua Airport with a local lawyer.

Archibald was never arrested by police here and returned to Antigua voluntary, sources familiar with the development have told iWitness News — in an attempt to debunk rumours.

The officer, who has over a decade of service in the Antiguan constabulary, is said to have been unwell, while in St. Vincent but his physician cleared him for travel last week.

In Antigua and Barbuda, a person convicted of unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl less than 14 years old, or rape faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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