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News Release

Ontario Provincial Police Officer Charged

Case Number: 12-PSA-159

Mississauga (7 September, 2012) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to a March 2012 incident in Toronto involving a 45-year-old male.  Director Scott has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.   

The SIU investigation determined that on March 8, 2012, the man attended at the OPP station on Keele Street for fingerprinting.  While in the fingerprinting area, there was a verbal exchange between the man and an officer.

As a result of the SIU investigation, Constable Ludgero Café of the OPP is facing one charge of Uttering a Threat to Cause Bodily Harm, contrary to s. 264.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
 
The officer is compelled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 1000 Finch Avenue West in Toronto on October 16, 2012.  The Justice Prosecutions branch 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 and the community, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation. 

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342