A complaint has been laid with the Independent Police Conduct Authority over comments made by a police superintendent about the victim of a rape case.
A police spokesman said earlier this week that an internal employment investigation into Central District commander Superintendent Russell Gibson was under way for a comment he made in a letter calling a child rape victim a "willing party".
Palmerston North man Robin Peter Abraham was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping the girl, who was aged between 10 and 12 at the time the offences took place.
The letter was sent to Abraham's wife, but later found its way to the victim's mother.
A spokeswoman for the victim's family said that they had laid a complaint with the authority yesterday morning.
The victim had been "devastated" to learn police thought of her as willing, the spokeswoman said.
A spokeswoman for the authority said that as there was already an internal investigation under way, the authority would "actively oversee the police investigation and will determine whether any further action is required".
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