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News Release

Ottawa Police Service Officer Charged

Case Number: 10-OSA-251

Mississauga (15 March, 2011) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are reasonable grounds to believe that an officer with the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) committed a criminal offence in connection with the arrest and detention of Stacy Bonds in Ottawa on

September 6, 2008. Sergeant Steven Desjourdy has this morning been charged with sexual assault contrary to section 271 of the Criminal Code.

On September 6, 2008, Ms. Bonds was arrested for a liquor offence by members of the OPS and taken into custody. She was subsequently charged with assaulting a peace officer. She was taken into police custody and subjected to a search that was captured on video tape. Her charge came before the Ottawa courts in October 2010 in a trial presided over by The Honourable Mr. Justice Richard Lajoie of the Ontario Court of Justice.

On October 27, 2010, Mr. Justice Lajoie stayed the proceedings against Ms. Bonds and made comments regarding the conduct of certain OPS officers during Ms. Bonds’ time in police custody. On November 17, 2010, Mr. Justice Lajoie’s ruling was released to the public. On the basis of this information, the SIU conducted an investigation probing the circumstances surrounding this incident.

 

The charge against Sergeant Desjourdy results from this investigation. The officer is required to appear on April 12, 2011, before the Ontario Court of Justice , 161 Elgin Street, Ottawa. 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. Other aspects of the incident outside of the jurisdiction of the SIU have been referred to the Ottawa Police Service.

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