The victim – a woman in her 30s – was approached by a stranger on a bicycle in the Westbourne area of ââBournemouth between 4.45am and 6am on Sunday 5 September.
The man traveled with the victim to the vicinity of Poole Road in Branksome, where the reported violation took place.
Following investigations by the Dorset Police Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT), a 29-year-old man from Poole has been charged with rape.
He is due to appear in Poole Magistrates’ Court today, Saturday September 11, 2021.
Detective Inspector Simon Huxter of MCIT said: âFollowing a detailed investigation, we consulted the Crown Prosecution Service, which cleared the charge.
âThis case is now in court and, as is typical in these circumstances, it would be highly inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further. It is important that the justice system can run its course.
âI would like to remind the public that this case is now the subject of an active legal process and it is important to stress that there should be no comments or sharing of information online or on social media that could potentially interfere with these procedures.
“Dorset Police will continue to support the victim throughout the legal process which will now follow and I would like to pay tribute to the public for their support following the appeals which aided the investigation.”