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SIU Lays Assault Charge Against Guelph Police Service Officer

Numéro du dossier: 19-OCI-026

Mississauga, ON (9 juillet 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has caused a charge to be laid against a Guelph Police Service (GPS) officer in relation to an incident that occurred earlier this year.

At approximately 3 a.m. on February 4, 2019, GPS officers attended a residential building on Carden Street in Guelph to conduct an investigation. Outside the main entrance of the building, a GPS officer became involved in an interaction with a 45-year-old man unrelated to the incident being investigated. The man was arrested and transported to the police station. He was later taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with serious injuries.  

As a result of the SIU investigation, GPS Sergeant Rodney Cox is facing one count of assault causing bodily harm, contrary to s. 267(b) of the Criminal Code.

Sergeant Cox is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 36 Wyndham Street South in Guelph on July 23, 2019. 

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.  

L’UES est un organisme indépendant qui enquête sur des rapports d’incidents impliquant des policiers et qui ont causé la mort ou une blessure grave, ou qui comportent des allégations d’agression sexuelle. En vertu de la Loi sur les services policiers, le directeur de l’UES est tenu :

  • de déterminer si un policier a commis un acte criminel lié à l’incident faisant l’objet de l’enquête;
  • compte tenu des éléments de preuve, de déposer une accusation au criminel contre le policier, le cas échéant, ou de fermer le dossier sans déposer un chef d’accusation;
  • de faire rapport des résultats de toute enquête au procureur général.

Read this news release in English.

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