Former RUC reservist is accused of raping child

A former RUC reservist was one of two men who appeared in court yesterday accused of committing a catalogue of child sex offences in the south Down area.

The charges relate to allegations of child sexual abuse including rape and gross indecency, which were said to have occurred during the 1970s and 1980s.

Last night detectives also charged a woman in relation to the inquiry. She is due to appear before Newtownards Magistrates Court today.

The woman has been charged with 15 counts of cruelty, four counts of indecent assault and four counts of gross indecency.

During yesterday’s court hearing, the 50-year-old former reservist, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is accused of raping and indecently assaulting a young girl, some time between January 1, 1983, and December 31, 1984.

He also stands accused of indecently assaulting a boy, aged between six to 10 years of age, as well as engaging in gross indecency with a male under the age of 21. The charges were said to have occurred between 1983 and 1986.

The former officer, who appeared in court, only spoke to confirm he understood the charges. He is also accused of making threats to kill against the alleged male victim, possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence and possession of 14 rounds of 9mm bullets.

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