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News Release

Ontario Provincial Police Officer Charged

Case Number: 10-PCI-055

Mississauga (2 July, 2010) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Hawkesbury detachment committed a criminal offence in relation to an incident involving a 21-year-old man. Director Scott has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.

The incident occurred on March 20, 2010. The SIU was notified that on this date, the man was searched by an officer while walking in the Vankleek Hill area, and was then arrested. While lodged in a cell, there was an interaction between an officer and the man, and the man sustained serious injuries.

As a result of the SIU investigation, Constable Jean Philippe Mathieu of the OPP is facing one charge of Assault Causing Bodily Harm, contrary to s. 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 1023 King Street in L'Orignal on August 4, 2010. The Justice Prosecutions branch 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. 

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