Communiqué de presse

OPP Officer in Thunder Bay Charged with Sexual Assault

Numéro du dossier: 19-PSA-027

Mississauga, ON (3 juillet 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has caused a charge to be laid against an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer in relation to an incident that reportedly occurred in the early 2000’s.    

The SIU was contacted by the OPP on February 5, 2019 regarding a complaint received that same day of a sexual nature against the officer with the Thunder Bay detachment. The alleged sexual assault reportedly occurred sometime between April of 2001 and March of 2002 against a woman. 

As a result of the SIU investigation, 43-year-old OPP Constable John Hayes is facing one count of sexual assault, contrary to s. 271 of the Criminal Code.

Constable Hayes is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 125 Brodie Street North in Thunder Bay on July 16, 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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342