Philadelphia policymakers expressed outraged Tuesday following a news report that a former city police officer accused of raping a child continued to work as a volunteer at a recreation center a month after being arrested.
The Philadelphia Daily News reported that Tyrone Wiggins, a 50-year-old former Philadelphia Police officer, met his alleged victim in 1995 at the Olney Recreation Center, where he gave karate lessons to youngsters.
Two years later, when the girl was 12he raped her in a van in Fairmount Park, the News writes, citing court documents. Over the next eight years, Wiggins would physically, sexually and psychologically abuse the girl, she told police in 2007, according to the newspaper.
The victim is now a Philadelphia police officer, police sources told the News.
A day after retiring on Nov. 18, Wiggins, a former Marine, was charged with rape, statutory sexual assault and related offenses, the News reports. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 14.
“Police officials never publicly disclosed his arrest or notified the city's Recreation Department,” the News writes.
Said City Councilwoman Marian Tasco: "When I read the story, I thought, 'Oh, wow! What is this?' I just couldn't believe it."
That didn’t stop Wiggins from teaching his regular Tuesday evening karate lessons at the Olney Recreation Center, in the 9th Councilmanic District, which Tasco oversees. "I'm really annoyed that they [police] did not notify the Olney Recreation Center, or the recreation commissioner," Tasco said. "I would have thought they would have immediately notified them so they could get him out of the facility, away from young people."