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Court imposes six months preventive detention against suspect of raping an American tourist in Tortuguero

The Criminal Court of Pococí imposed on Tuesday night, six months of preventive prison against an individual named Chaves Castillo, arrested as a suspect of the crime of rape against an American in Tortuguero, confirmed the Public Ministry on Twitter.

The measure was issued at 7:55 p.m. by judge Ricardo Valverde, after a hearing of almost two hours.

The arrest of the 20-year-old suspect, a native of Nicaragua and who is captain of a vessel, occurred on Sunday night by Officers of the Operational Support Group (GAO) of the Ministry of Public Security (MSP).

According to the police report, the sexual attack occurred inside a boat, which apparently, once a turtle tour was over, he is alleged to have invited the woman to take a (private) boat ride, in which he took advantage of for the abuse.

The 10 minute boat ride was between the town of Tortuguero to the village of San Francisco.

The tourist, named Preston, identified the man as her aggressor, so the officers proceeded to stop him and then take him to the dock in Tortuguero.

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