A 42-year-old police officer has been remanded in custody on suspicion of sexually assaulting a nurse after posing as a disabled patient.
Speaking to The Cyprus Weekly yesterday, police spokesman Andreas Angelides confirmed that both criminal and disciplinary investigations have been launched against the suspect.
“Following the order of the Chief of Police the officer in question has been suspended from duty pending the outcome of the investigation.”
A hearing took place behind closed doors at Nicosia District Court on Thursday with the judge approving a five day remand.
According to the police, the investigation was launched after a 22-year-old Greek Cypriot nurse reported to authorities that she had been sexually assaulted. It was only later established that the suspect was a policeman.
According to alleged victim’s testimony, in early December she was contacted over the phone by the suspect who told her he wished to hire a qualified nurse to provide therapeutic massages for his paralyzed brother.
The nurse agreed to meet the patient at a hotel in Nicosia on December 8 but when she arrived at the room she was greeted by the policeman who was dressed in pajamas and pretending to be disabled.
The victim said the officer immediately shut and locked the door and asked her to assist him in taking a bath. He then ordered the nurse to follow him to the bed and perform a sexual massage on him.
In her testimony to the police, the victim said she followed the suspect’s orders out of fear that he would turn violent or rape her if she refused.
After speaking with the hotel management police believe the suspect previously lured two other nurses to the hotel which he may have also sexually assaulted. The authorities are currently trying to get hold of the nurses.
It was also confirmed that the officer gave a fake name to the hotel management and presented forged identity card at reception. He is therefore also under investigation for identity fraud.