Police in Quang Ninh Province Tuesday (December 11) arrested a former senior cop in Hai Duong Province for allegedly raping a businesswoman in her car last August.
Major Ngo Tuan Dung, 38, is accused by 33-year-old Vu Kim Luyen, director of a private company in Hai Duong Province, of raping her in her own car.
The incident happened in the courtyard of a motel in Quang Ninh's Dong Trieu District on August 29 after Luyen accepted to give Dung a ride from a karaoke parlor in the northern province to his office in Hai Duong.
Luyen, who said she was acquainted with Dung and had spoken to him on the phone a few times after committing a minor traffic violation, wrote in her complaint filed on October 13 that Dung kept asking her to go to a hotel on the way but she refused.
Dung, who was driving the car after Luyen had acceded to this demand, suddenly left the national highway, turned into a motel and asked her to take a room there.
When she refused, he locked the car's doors and attacked her, tore off her clothing, took off his own clothes and raped her, Luyen said.
She managed to get out of the car, run and scream for help. An employee named Nguyen Thi Ngoc gave her some clothes as the motel's owner called the local police, she said.
Local officers said Dung, reeking of alcohol, yelled at them and refused to cooperate when questioned.
Following Luyen's complaint, the Hai Duong police department in mid-October demoted Dung from Major to Captain, lowered his salary and transferred him to a district police station. On October 24, Quang Ninh police launched a criminal investigation into the case.
Dung is said to have admitted to Hai Duong police in October that he was drunk, but maintained he did not rape Luyen.
On Tuesday, Hai Duong Police also removed Dung from the police register, a move that clears the way for a police officer to be arrested and face possible charges.
Under Vietnamese Law, anyone aged 16 or older found guilty of raping someone 18 years or older can be sentenced to jail for two to seven years.