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News Release

Kingsville OPP Officer Charged

Case Number: 10-PCI-261

Mississauga (2 March, 2011) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) committed a criminal offence in relation to the injury of a 17-year-old male. Director Scott has this date caused a charge to be laid against the officer.

 

At approximately 12:30 am on December 4, 2010, OPP officers responded to noise complaints at an apartment above 16 Main Street, Kingsville. During the course of the OPP intervention, one of the officers interacted with the male. The male sustained a fracture as a result of the encounter.

 

Constable William Scott of the OPP is facing one charge of assault causing bodily harm contrary to section 267 (b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

 

The officer is required to appear on April 14, 2011 before the Ontario Court of Justice, 200 Chatham Street East, Windsor, Ontario. 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. 

Jasbir Dhillon, jasbir.dhillon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342