A FORMER Brighton police community support officer (PCSO) has been charged with two counts of rape.
Jamal Robinson was charged in connection with an assault on a woman at an address in Worthing on December 14 last year.
The 26-year-old, of Ventnor Villas in Hove, was working with Brighton and Hove police at the time of the incident but resigned from his role as a PCSO in April.
A Sussex Police spokesman said:
“A man has been charged with the rape of a woman in Worthing.
“Jamal Robinson, 26, of Ventnor Villas, Hove, has been charged with two counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault of the same woman at an address in Worthing on December 14, 2019.
“He has been bailed to appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on November 3.
“At the time of the offence, he was a Brighton-based police community support officer, but resigned from the force in April.”
PCSOs are intended to be Sussex Police’s “first point of contact for the community”.
The force’s website states:
“From dealing with antisocial behaviour and taking statements from victims of crime, to providing reassurance and helping resolve community challenges; our police community support officers play a critical and visible role in helping keep our communities safe, identifying and protecting the most vulnerable, and preventing harm.”