Liberia Immigration Services Officer Charged for allegedly Raping his 14-Year-old Cousin


MARYLAND COUNTY – Police in Maryland County on Wednesday, May 19/2021 arrested a security officer of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) for allegedly raping a 14-year-girl who said to be his cousin.

By Edward D. Stemn, Contributing Writer

The LIS officer, Emmanuel T Cooper, is a resident of the Bishop Hill Community in Harper City was charged for allegedly raping his 14-year-old cousin.

According to the police charge sheet, at 08:47am, complainant Inspector Shirley N. Teah, a police officer at the Women and Children Protection Section at the Harper Police station, reported to the Women and Children Protection Section and complain that on May 13/2021, at 09:45hours the 14-year old victim went to her house at Airfield community and alleged that she was raped by her uncle (Emmanuel T. Cooper) who is a LIS officer Liberia Immigration Officer”.

The police charge sheet further stated that “Based on the officer Shirley N. Teah, the victim was taken to JJ Dossen Hospital for medical checkup, treatment, and report.

The Police charge sheet pointed out during victim interview she told investigators that on Sunday May 9/2021, in the night while she was taking bath suspect went behind her and had an affair with her for the first time and later told her to keep it as a secret   or else he will do something to her that will serve as a unforgettable remembrance in her life.

The victim did not tell anyone she did not tell anyone until the second occurrence of the incident on May 12/2021, during the night hours while watching movie at her neighbor house.

Suspect Emmanuel T. Cooper asked (victim) to follow him to their house to eat Achekeh and she followed but she did not eat the   she later went at the back yard to toilet, when she was about to toilet suspect again forcibly had sex with her for the second time.

The charge sheet in continuance recited that statements were taken from witnesses and they all admitted that the victim complained suspect Emmanuel T. Cooper to them.

Suspect Emmanuel T. Cooper was informed on his constitutional rights and was arrested, investigated. During the investigation conducted, he admitted to the allegation levied against him but stated that he has been having chicken pods on his skin and the only treatment is to smoke wee at night hours and got him high and led him to raping his cousin. Suspect Emmanuel T. Cooper pleaded guilty and asked the investigators for pardon.

Based on the victim statement, suspect statement, witnesses’ statements couples with medical reports from the JJ Dossen Hospital, the suspect Emmanuel T. Cooper was charged with the Statutory Rape in keeping with section 14.70(B) couple with Incest section 16.2 and forwarded to court for trial. Police charge sheet narrated.