American Arrested in Guatemala Accused of Sexual Assault

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Guatemala City, Apr 30 (EFE).- Guatemalan security forces arrested a US citizen on Saturday accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala.

The National Civil Police detailed in a brief statement that the capture took place on a street in Antigua Guatemala, municipality of Sacatepéquez (center), about 50 kilometers west of the capital of the Central American country.

According to the authorities, the alleged attacker was “held by a group of people” and later handed over to the security forces.

Guatemalan police identified the detainee as Alexander Francis Badgley, 33, of American nationality.

The US citizen allegedly assaulted “a 19-year-old woman” for which he was left “at the disposal of a court on duty.”

Guatemala has counted around 23,300 crimes perpetrated against women and minors during 2022, according to a report released in the first week of April by the Women’s Observatory of the Public Ministry (MP, Prosecutor’s Office).

The body responsible for prosecuting crimes in the Central American country also indicated that 2,354 complaints of sexual violence are included within those 23,300 cases.

Last year, according to the Office of the Prosecutor, Guatemala closed with 83,601 complaints of crimes committed by women and minors and 7,569 complaints of sexual violence.

The crime of violence against women and children is the most committed annually in the Central American nation, based on records from the Public Ministry during the last five years.

The city of Antigua Guatemala is one of the three main points visited by tourists in the Central American nation, along with the Mayan ruins of Tikal in the north of the territory and Lake Atitlán (west). EFE

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American Arrested in Guatemala Accused of Sexual Assault