West Virginia cop rapes minor relative before Sunday service, assaults her again after coming back home

Derek Towner allegedly sexually assaulted the girl five times between June 19 and June 21 at his home in West Union


                            West Virginia cop rapes minor relative before Sunday service, assaults her again after coming back home
(West Union Police Department)

WEST UNION, WEST VIRGINIA: A correctional officer has been charged for allegedly raping an underage family member repeatedly. Derek Towner allegedly sexually assaulted the girl five times between June 19 and June 21 at his home in West Union.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the West Union Police Department, the 35-year-old has been accused of  sexually assaulting the girl, whose identity has not been revealed. The official document stated that on June 19, Towner had intercourse with the victim; later that night he made her perform oral sex on him. The next day on June 20, Towner had intercourse with the underage girl; and on June 21 as well before he went to church for Sunday Service. After coming back from church, the accused again raped the juvenile victim.

Towner who worked at the Salem Correctional Facility was arrested soon after the final reported rape. He has also been suspended from Salem Correctional Facility without pay, according to Lawrence Messina West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Personnel. “On Saturday the 20th day of June 2020, Officer Garner of the West Union Police Department was contacted by a female regarding a possible sexual assault. The female alleges the victim was a family member of the defendant,” West Union Police Department said in a Facebook post, adding: “Mr. Towner advised Officer Garner that the allegations were true. And admitted to 5 separate incidents over a three day period.”

For the alleged crime, Towner has reportedly been charged with five counts of sexual abuse by a parent or guardian, five counts of incest, and five counts of third-degree sexual assault. He has been held in the North Central Regional Jail on a $75,000 bond ahead of his next court appearance.

In a similar incident, a police officer in Liverpool has been accused of raping a 13-year-old girl in the backseat of his car. Reports claimed that the accused, Ian Naude, picked up the girl from her house while her mother was out after he had initially been called to the scene for a domestic incident. He then reportedly drove the vehicle to a quiet country lane and forced himself on the victim in the back seat of his car, even taking videos of the assault.

The Liverpool Crown Court heard that Naude, who originally hails from South Africa and served in Afghanistan as a machine gunner with the Royal Irish Regiment, joined police in April 2017 after leaving the Army “to gain the keys to a sweetshop” by meeting vulnerable girls through his job. The accused denied the allegations, claiming he joined the force as "he wanted to help people" and "make a difference".

The 30-year-old accused also denied the rape allegation\ and said that the sex was consensual. "I had one hand free and was using that to take photos and videos as we were making out," he said. "She seemed to be enjoying it. She had her arms around me and she told me she loved me. She said 'I have to go' before her mum wonders where she is."

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