News Release

SIU Lays Charges against Two London Police Service Officers

Case Number: 16-OCI-154

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Mississauga, ON (8 May, 2017) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe two London Police Service (LPS) officers committed criminal offences in relation to the arrest of a 40-year-old man in June of 2016. Director Loparco has caused a charge to be laid against each officer.    

The SIU investigation found the following:
  • In the afternoon hours of Thursday, June 16, 2016, officers responded to a plaza in the area of Base Line Road East and Wharncliffe Road South after receiving a call.
  • While at the plaza, there was an interaction with a man.
  • The interaction continued in front of an apartment building on Highland Avenue.
  • The man sustained injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

As a result of the SIU investigation, LPS Constable Theresa Clayton is facing one count of assault causing bodily harm, contrary to s. 267(b) of the Criminal Code, and LPS Constable Jeff Lake is facing one count of assault contrary to s. 266 of the Criminal Code.

The officers will be required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 80 Dundas Street in London on May 29, 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 independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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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