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News Release

Assault and Failure to Provide Necessaries Charges Laid against Toronto Police Officer

Case Number: 15-TCI-278

Mississauga (14 January, 2016) ---
An early morning incident in a parking lot in Scarborough has resulted in the Director of the Special Investigations Unit laying two criminal charges against a Toronto Police Service sergeant.
 
An SIU investigation – which included video evidence as well as 911 call recordings – found the following: 
  • Shortly after 4:00 a.m. on October 31, 2015, a 47-year-old man drove his vehicle into a parking lot at 10 Gordonridge Place, near Danforth Road and Midland Avenue.
  • Moments after, a police cruiser drove into the parking lot and stopped behind the man’s vehicle.
  • There was an interaction between a police officer and the man.
  • The officer left the scene.
  • Sometime later, paramedics attended the area and took the man to Scarborough General Hospital.   

As a result of this investigation, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe a Toronto Police Service sergeant committed the criminal offences of assault causing bodily harm and failure to provide the necessaries of life.  Director Loparco has caused both charges to be laid.

Sergeant Robert Goudie is now facing one count of assault causing bodily harm, contrary to s. 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada and one count of failure to provide the necessaries of life contrary to s. 215 of the Criminal Code.

The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 1911 Eglinton Avenue East in Toronto on February 23, 2016. 

The matter is now properly before the courts.  In consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, the SIU will make no further comment.  

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. 

Jason Gennaro, jason.gennaro@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-641-1897 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 1897