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News Release

SIU Charges Barrie Police Officer with Assault Causing Bodily Harm

Case Number: 08-OCI-085

TORONTO (7 November, 2008) --- A probe by Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has ended with a criminal charge being laid against an officer of the Barrie Police Service.

Detective/Constable Don Moore, a 38-year-old officer, who has been on the Barrie Police Service since September of 2000, has been charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm. The charge arises from the SIU's investigation of injuries sustained by a 34-year-old female resident of Barrie on May 16, 2008.

Based on the results of the SIU investigation, Director Ian Scott concluded that there are reasonable grounds to believe the officer committed the offence of assault causing bodily harm, contrary to section 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

D/Constable Moore is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on January 5, 2009. The Justice Prosecutions branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General will be responsible for conducting the prosecution.

As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair trial interests of the charged officer, 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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SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342