News Release

Greater Sudbury Police Officer Charged

Case Number: 06-OSA-034

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TORONTO (1 August, 2006) --- The Deputy Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), James Ramsay, has caused a criminal charge to be laid against a Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS) officer.

On February 27, 2006, two SIU investigators were assigned to investigate an incident that allegedly occurred on or about December 18, 2004, in the city of Greater Sudbury in which a 34-year-old woman alleged she was sexually assaulted by a GSPS officer.

Based on the evidence from the SIU investigation, the Deputy Director has concluded there are reasonable grounds to believe that the GSPS officer committed the offence of sexual assault, contrary to section 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The officer has been released on a Promise to Appear and an Undertaking with conditions. He will next appear in court on September 13, 2006, in Sudbury. The Justice Prosecutions section for the Crown Law office Criminal, of the Ministry of the Attorney General, will have carriage of the prosecution.

As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair trial interests of the charged officer, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations
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