Malaysia’s National Police said Tuesday that a former police officer has been arrested over the rape of a teenage victim in the eastern city of Kelantan.
The police said in a statement the suspect is currently in custody.
Authorities are still investigating the case, which was reported to have taken place in the town of Pudong, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) east of Kuala Lumpur.
The statement said the alleged victim, who has not been named, was 15 when the incident allegedly took place.
Police also said they have launched a criminal investigation into whether the suspect committed other crimes against the alleged victims, including child sex abuse and rape.
Kelantan police spokesman Abdul Hamiduddin told The Associated Press news agency that police have launched an investigation into the case.
Malaysia has been rocked by a series of deadly attacks in recent years, including the 2014 attack on the city of Marawi, where a gunman with a rifle and explosives killed more than 50 people.
A man in a suit and tie stands next to a man and a woman in a wheelchair during a protest in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 20, 2019.
“The police have not yet arrested him but we are looking into his alleged criminal activities,” Abdul Hamaduddin told AFP news agency.
Two women hold hands during a march in Kuala Kuala Lumpur against violence against women and girls, February 21, 2019, as part of a campaign called “Say No to Violence Against Women” in protest against violence to the rights of women in the Malaysian state of Sarawak.
More than 3,500 people have been killed in Malaysia’s conflict with the Islamic State group since March 2019, when Malaysia launched a counter-offensive to drive the extremists from the city.