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News Release

Ottawa Police Service Officer Facing Charges

Case Number: 07-OSA-222

TORONTO (31 March, 2008) --- James Cornish, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), has caused two criminal charges to be laid against an Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officer.

On November 5, 2007, the OPS notified the SIU that a female had come forward and alleged that an on-duty OPS officer had sexually assaulted her in the Ottawa area on November 3, 2007. As a result, four SIU investigators were assigned to probe the allegations.

Based on the evidence from the SIU investigation, the Director has concluded there are reasonable grounds to believe that 38-year-old Acting Sergeant Rohan Beebakhee committed the offences of sexual assault contrary to section 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada and breach of trust contrary to section 122 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The officer has been released on an Undertaking before an officer-in-charge with conditions. He will appear in court in Ottawa on April 21, 2008. Justice Prosecutions of the Ministry of the Attorney General will have carriage of the prosecution.

As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair trial interests of the charged officer and the community, 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