News Release

No Charges Against Sault Ste. Marie Police Officer in Relation to Sexual Assault Complaint

Case Number: 23-OSA-032   

Mississauga, ON (23 June, 2023) ---
On January 30, 2023, the SIU was notified of a sexual assault that was reportedly perpetrated by a Sault Ste. Marie Police Service officer against a 42-year-old man on November 4, 2021. The SIU initiated an investigation. On SIU Director Joseph Martino’s assessment of the evidence, there were no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the complaint of sexual assault. There was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, and the file has been closed.
Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

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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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES