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News Release

Former Peel Police Officer Charged with Sexual Assault

Case Number: 16-OSA-187

Mississauga, ON (3 March, 2017) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe a former police officer with Peel Regional Police (PRP) committed a criminal offence against a female in the summer of 2009. Director Loparco has caused a charge to be laid against the former officer.    

The SIU was contacted by PRP on July 14, 2016 regarding a complaint of a sexual nature against the former officer, which was alleged to have taken place in 2009 when he was an active officer.

As a result of the SIU investigation, 55-year-old Mr. Carlton Watson is facing one count of sexual assault, contrary to s. 271 of the Criminal Code.

Mr. Watson is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 7755 Hurontario Street in Brampton on March 27, 2017. 

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 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. 

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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