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News Release

Waterloo Regional Police Officer Charged with Sexual Assault

Case Number: 16-OSA-096

Mississauga, ON (15 June, 2016) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit has caused a sexual assault charge to be laid against a police officer with the Waterloo Regional Police Service.

As a result of an SIU investigation, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe the police officer committed the criminal offence of sexual assault while he and the complainant were at the Ontario Police College in Aylmer in April 2015.

Waterloo Regional Police Service Detective Constable Zachary Gent is now facing a charge of sexual assault, contrary to s. 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The police officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at the Elgin County Courthouse in St. Thomas on July 26, 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. 

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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