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Reservist denies raping minor

Fired police reservist Dwayne Decosta denied having sexual contact with a minor who was at a police station for safekeeping, a Supreme Court jury heard.

Decosta, who is on bail, has denied a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse at his trial before Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson.

Prosecutors allege that 55-year-old Decosta, who was a reserve sergeant, raped the 13-year-old minor at the East Street South Police Station on July 14, 2018.

Superintendent Roberto Goodman, the commanding officer at the station, testified that he arrested and cautioned Decosta at the station on July 15.

Goodman said Decosta replied, “I only had contact with that [little] girl yesterday, when I took an incident from her.”

In response to a question from prosecutor Jacqueline Burrows, Goodman said that an incident report initiates an entry in the police system.

Decosta also said that he had seen the teenager outside and told her to come back inside, Goodman recalled.

The day before Decosta’s arrest, Goodman said he went to the station after receiving a call from the duty sergeant.

Goodman said he contacted the Central Detective Unit and his commanding officer Assistant Commissioner Ashton Greenslade after he spoke to the minor and the sergeant.

Goodman said he viewed surveillance footage from the cameras at the station and those from the service station across the street.

Asked about the procedure regarding female suspects, Goodman said a woman officer would usually deal with them.

However, he said the child was in a peculiar situation because she was not in custody, but was there for safekeeping until police reached a guardian. In that case, children were allowed to stay in the foyer until a guardian collected them.

The trial continues today.

Murrio Ducille represents Decosta.

Artesia Davis

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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