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News Release

Former Toronto Police Officer Charged

Case Number: 14-TSA-071

Mississauga (10 July, 2014) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe that a former officer with Metropolitan Toronto Police Force, now known as the Toronto Police Service,  committed a criminal offence in relation to two men in Toronto.  Director Loparco has caused charges to be laid against the former officer.

The SIU was notified of a complaint of a sexual nature against the former officer which was alleged to have taken place between January 1, 1970 and December 31, 1971. As a result of the SIU investigation, Peter John Ross (aka “Peter Piper”) is charged with one count of Buggery, two counts of Indecent Assault, one count of Assault With Intent To Commit Buggery and two counts of Gross Indecency, contrary to the Criminal Code provisions as they existed at the time of the alleged offences. 

Mr. Ross is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 60 Queen Street West, Toronto, on August 26, 2014.  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 accused 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. 

Jasbir Dhillon, jasbir.dhillon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342