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News Release

Sarnia Police Service Officer Charged with Assault Cause Bodily Harm

Case Number: 16-OCI-119

Mississauga, ON (20 June, 2016) ---
A charge of assault cause bodily harm has been laid against a constable with the Sarnia Police Service.

An SIU investigation found the following:

  • Shortly after 6:00 p.m. on May 12, 2016, Sarnia Police received a call for a disturbance at the intersection of Capel Street and Exmouth Street.
  • There was an interaction between an officer and a 16-year-old female youth.
  • The youth was taken to Bluewater Health, where she was treated for a broken arm.  

As a result of the SIU investigation, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe the police officer committed the criminal offence of assault cause bodily harm.

Constable Anthony Vennettilli is now facing a charge of assault cause bodily harm, contrary to s. 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The police officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at the Sarnia Courthouse on August 2, 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