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News Release

Toronto Police Service Officer Charged

Case Number: 04-TSA-112

TORONTO (12 August, 2005) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), James Cornish, has caused criminal charges to be laid against a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer.

Based on the evidence from the SIU investigation, the Director concluded there are reasonable grounds to believe that Constable Joseph Green of the TPS committed the following offences:
· Sexual assault, contrary to section 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada;
· Point a firearm without lawful excuse, contrary to section 87 of the Criminal Code of Canada, and
· Use a firearm in a careless manner, contrary to section 86 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The charges relate to an incident that occurred on October 8, 2004, at an adult entertainment establishment on King Street West in which a 34-year-old woman alleged she was sexually assaulted by an on duty TPS officer.

Constable Green has been released on a Promise to Appear and an Undertaking with conditions. He will next appear in court on September 16, 2005. 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, 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. 
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342