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News Release

Man Declines to Provide Statement Regarding Guelph University Interaction; SIU Terminates Investigation

Case Number: 18-OCI-016

Mississauga, ON (8 February, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into an incident that occurred in November of 2017 at Guelph University involving a 22-year-old man.

On November 19, 2017, campus police officers arrested the man for offences. He was then transferred to the custody of Guelph Police Service (GPS) officers. On January 22, 2018, the GPS was made aware that the man sustained a serious injury during the incident, and as a result, notified the SIU. SIU investigators were in touch with the man’s counsel, who told investigators the man would not provide an interview to the SIU, and would not be disclosing the nature of his injuries.

Director Loparco said, “The man declined to provide a statement or otherwise participate in this SIU investigation. As such, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

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