Police officer charged with raping 9 minors indicted on 13 more counts

A National Highway Police Bureau (HPB) officer charged with raping nine minors has been indicted on a further 13 counts of rape following the discovery of new evidence, the Taiwan Taipei District Prosecutors Office said Thursday.

Police arrested the 27-year-old suspect, surnamed Cheng (?), on Sept. 12, after a boy under the age of 18 reported that Cheng had raped him in a public bathroom.

In November, prosecutors indicted Cheng on nine counts of rape based on the boy’s report and photos and video found on Cheng’s phone and computer.

On Thursday, prosecutors said they had charged Cheng with an additional 13 counts of rape following the discovery of new evidence uncovered during their investigation into the nine initial offenses.

According to prosecutors, Cheng committed his first offense in 2018 and found his victims by grooming them on the internet.

The HPB dismissed Cheng from his post on Sept. 13, while also giving Cheng’s supervisor, surnamed Hsu (?), one minor demerit.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel