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News Release

Waterloo Regional Police Service Officer Charged with Sexual Assault

Case Number: 17-OSA-301

Mississauga, ON (7 March, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has caused a charge to be laid against a Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) officer in relation to an incident that reportedly occurred in October of 2017.    

The SIU was contacted by WRPS on October 16, 2017 regarding a complaint of a sexual nature against the officer. The alleged assault reportedly occurred the night of October 14, 2017 against a woman at an Oktoberfest celebration at the Concordia Club in Kitchener. The officer was off-duty at the time of the alleged incident. 

As a result of the SIU investigation, WRPS Constable Eric Schnarr is facing one count of sexual assault, contrary to s. 271 of the Criminal Code.

Cst Schnarr is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 85 Frederick Street in Kitchener on March 28, 2018. 

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