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News Release

Durham Regional Police Service Officer Charged with Sexual Assault

Case Number: 19-OSA-241

Mississauga, ON (20 March, 2020) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has caused charges to be laid against a Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officer in relation to incidents that reportedly occurred in Oshawa in 2017 and 2018.     

The SIU was contacted by the DRPS on October 3, 2019 regarding a complaint received of a sexual nature, against an officer with the DRPS. The alleged sexual assaults reportedly occurred at points in 2017 and 2018 against a woman. 

As a result of the SIU investigation, 49-year-old Sergeant Robert Stoddart is facing two counts of sexual assault, contrary to s. 271 of the Criminal Code.

Sergeant Stoddart is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 150 Bond Street East in Oshawa, on April 6, 2020.  

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 a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation 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 investigations to the Attorney General.

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Michael Webber,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342