Sexual Abuse in North Dundas – Cornwall Ontario Police Blotter Friday August 16, 2013 – OPP SIU

Sexual Abuse in North Dundas – Cornwall Ontario Police Blotter Friday August 16, 2013 – OPP SIU

Cornwall PoliceDOMESTIC ASSAULT, MISCHIEF

 

Cornwall, ON – A 44-year-old Cornwall man was arrested on the 15th of August, 2013 and charged with Assault. It is alleged that on the 15th of August, 2013 while in his yard the man was involved in an argument with his 32-year-old common law wife and during the argument held her against the fence. Police were later contacted and an investigation ensued. During their investigation the man was contacted by police and attended police headquarters to deal with the matter. He was subsequently taken into custody, charged accordingly then released with a court date of the 10th of September, 2013. His name was not released as it might identify the victim.

 

 

Cornwall, ON – A 20-year-old Cornwall woman was arrested on the 16th of August, 2013 and charged with Mischief Under $5000. It is alleged that on the 16th of August, 2013 the intoxicated woman was involved in an argument with her 22-year-old common law husband and during the argument threw a remote control causing damage to a television. Police were contacted and an Investigation ensued. During their investigation the woman was taken into custody, charged accordingly and later released with a court date of the 10th of September, 2013. The woman’s name was not released as it might identify the victim in this matter.

 

 

ASSAULT CAUSE BODILY HARM AND BREACH PROBATION

 

                Cornwall, ON – A 17-year-old Cornwall youth was arrested on the 16th of August, 2013 and charged with Assault Cause Bodily Harm and breach of Probation for failing to keep the peace. It is alleged that on the 15th of August, 2013 the youth attended the Optimist Skate Park and exchanged words with a 14-year-old youth. During the exchange the 17-year-old youth punched and kicked the 14-year-old youth causing injuries. As a result the14-tear-old youth attended the hospital for medical attention. Police were contacted and an investigation ensued. During their investigation on the 16th of August, 2013 the17-year-old youth was located at his residence, taken into custody and charged accordingly. He was then released with a future court date. His name was not released as per provisions of The Youth Criminal Justice Act.

WARRANT

 

Cornwall, ON – Ronald St-Amour, 53 of Ottawa was arrested on the 14th of August, 2013 on the strength of a Warrant. It is alleged that on the 24th of January, 2012 he was scheduled to attend court, however failed to attend. On the 14thof August, 2013 while at the Cornwall Court House the man was spotted by police and taken into custody then later released with a court date of the26th of September, 2013.

 

Cornwall, ON – Lindsay Dowling, 20 of Cornwall was arrested on the 14th of August, 2013 on the strength of a Warrant. It is alleged that the woman was scheduled to attend court on the 13th of August, 2013, however failed to do so. On the 14th of August, 2013 the woman attended police headquarters and turned herself in. She was taken into custody and later released with a court date of the 26th of September, 2013.

 

DOMESTIC BREACHES

 

Cornwall, ON – A 52-year-old Cornwall man was arrested on the 14th of August, 2013 and charged with two counts of breaching his Recognizance by being within 100meters of a certain residence and for having consumed alcohol. It is alleged that on the 14th of August 2013 police spotted the man walking near the residence and upon speaking with him detected a smell of alcohol. He was subsequently taken into custody, transported to police headquarters and held for a bail hearing. His name was not released as it might identify the victim.

From the OPP:

Ontario Provincial Police News Portal [STORMONT DUNDAS and GLENGARRY] OPP Charge North Dundas Male in Sexual Abuse Case 2013-08-16

(NORTH DUNDAS TOWNSHIP, ON) – On Wednesday August 14, 2013, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, Technological Crime Unit and the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Detachment arrested a 36 year old North Dundas Township man following a child sexual abuse investigation.

Police began their investigation approximately two weeks ago after receiving a report the suspect had sexual contact with a 14 year-old child.  On Wednesday August 14, 2013, police executed a search warrant at his residence in North Dundas Township and seized 17 computers, related computer equipment, audio/video recording equipment and a quantity of marihuana.

Daniel Robert ADAMS, 36 years old, of North Dundas Township is charged with one count of Invitation to Sexual Touching, two counts of Possession of Child Pornography, one count of Making Sexually Explicit Material Available to a Child, one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance and one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking.  The investigation is continuing and further charges are pending.  The accused will appear for a remand hearing on August 19, 2013 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Cornwall, Ontario.
The OPP is asking anyone who may have information pertaining to the accused or this investigation to contact the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit at (705) 330-3240.

Ontario Provincial Police News Portal [STORMONT DUNDAS and GLENGARRY] Scam Artists 2013-08-14

(SD&G) – SD&G OPP would like to remind you that this is the time of year that a certain type of criminal becomes active. They usually work with three or four people in a paving or residential maintenance crew.

They could be from another area of the province or another country. They will attend a residence and do a good job for a fair price, then once the word has spread that they are a reputable group, the less than professional work comes into play.

These criminals target older and vulnerable people. They are pushy and will go to great lengths to secure a job and payment before the work is completed. They use tactics that make people feel that they have to have the maintenance done, and on completion the home owner is far from satisfied.

The SD&G OPP wants to advise our residents that nothing has to be done under pressure. Always ask for a list of other satisfied customers in the area. They should be able to provide this along with a written estimate for the job you want completed. Get more than one estimate.

If you are not sure, consult a family member or close friend about the work and the price that is being suggested. If you feel the people attending your property are trying to intimidate you and are putting pressure on you, ask them to leave. Write down any information you may observe about their description, number of people, and the vehicles that they are using, especially a licence plate. Call 888-310-1122 to report them to the OPP immediately.

There are many excellent, reputable contractors in our area. Make sure you make an informed choice before allowing anyone to do work for you.

Remember, you are the home owner and you decide what work you want done and you choose the contractor to complete it.

Ontario Provincial Police News Portal [STORMONT DUNDAS and GLENGARRY] Domestic Incident 2013-08-14

(South Glengarry) – On 13Aug13, at approximately 9:00am, SD&G OPP officers responded to a report of a domestic incident on Harkness Drive, South Glengarry Township.

The investigation revealed that a female and her 19yr old boyfriend were involved in a verbal altercation that resulted in the male assaulting the female.

The male (from South Stormont) was arrested and faces a charge of:

– Assault

He is scheduled to appear 10Sept13 in Cornwall court

From the SIU in Toronto:

SIU Concludes Injury Investigation in Toronto

Case Number: 13-TCI-122

Mississauga (15 August, 2013) — The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge a Toronto Police Service officer with a criminal offence in relation to the injuries sustained by 35-year-old Karl Andrus in August of 2012. This matter did not come to the attention of the SIU until May 15, 2013 when Mr. Andrus’ lawyer contacted the Unit.

The SIU assigned three investigators and two forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident. As part of the investigation, 10 witness officers and four civilian witnesses were interviewed. As well, several videos were reviewed – imagery was captured on two Sheraton Centre Hotel CCTV surveillance videos, and Mr. Andrus took a video of the incident that was uploaded onto YouTube. The subject officer supplied a copy of his duty notes, but declined to be interviewed as is his legal right.

The SIU investigation found that the following events took place on August 29, 2012:
• In the evening hours, the subject officer and other officers were dispatched to the Sheraton Centre Hotel in response to a guest who had allegedly assaulted one of the hotel’s security staff. Officers arrested the alleged assaulter by taking him to the ground. The arrestee’s father, who began screaming after his son’s arrest, was arrested for causing a disturbance. He immediately started to suffer some kind of medical distress related to his breathing and an ambulance was called. Two female family members of the two men then became upset and attempted to intervene.
• Mr. Andrus was a hotel guest who happened to walk into this arrest scene near the hotel elevators and lobby.  He began video recording the events on his cellphone.  After about two minutes of recording, he was approached by the subject officer and told that he had filmed enough and was asked to step back to the other side of the elevators. Mr. Andrus remained where he was and continued recording. The subject officer instructed another officer to move Mr. Andrus. The officer faced Mr. Andrus and forcefully said, “I’m cautioning you now for obstruct. Move back. Get back. Or I’m going to arrest you.”  He advanced toward Mr. Andrus causing him to back up toward the elevators. The officer then turned away and Mr. Andrus immediately moved back to the spot where he originally stood. This time, the subject officer approached Mr. Andrus and told him to back up. Mr. Andrus backed up while telling the subject officer he was a guest at the hotel and asserting his right to stand where he previously stood to continue recording. On the hotel CCTV video, he can be seen raising his left arm in an upper cut motion in the direction of the subject officer’s upper chest or head area. Immediately thereafter, approximately four officers can be seen subduing Mr. Andrus, taking him to the ground and handcuffing his wrists behind his body. Mr. Andrus was arrested for obstructing the police and assaulting a police officer.
• A later medical examination diagnosed a right rib fracture.

Director Scott said, “The central question in this matter is whether the subject officer had the lawful authority to insist that Mr. Andrus move from the position where he was standing and video recording to a position on the other side of the elevators. In my view, he had the authority to do so. Police officers pursuant to the Police Services Act have the statutory duty to preserve the peace. Further, they have the powers and duties ascribed to a constable at common law. In order to be acting lawfully, an officer must be acting in the course of his or her duties and the conduct in question must amount to a justifiable use of police powers associated with that duty. Here, the police were dispatched to a call where a family member had been arrested due to an alleged assault against a hotel security staff member, causing the remaining three family members to become very upset. The father then lapsed into medical distress. The two remaining female family members became even more upset and would not stay away from the two men under arrest. This chaotic situation was unfolding in an area circumscribed by elevators with numerous hotel guests coming and going.”

Director Scott continued, “In my view, the involved officers had the authority to insist that any onlookers remain a certain distance from this disorderly situation until calm prevailed. Further, the involved officers had to provide adequate space for paramedics to attend to the family member undergoing medical distress. Accordingly, the subject officer had the lawful authority to demand that Mr. Andrus step away from the arrest scene. Therefore, when Mr. Andrus raised his arm in an aggressive manner towards the subject officer who was lawfully removing Mr. Andrus from the arrest scene, the officer had the lawful authority to arrest him for assaulting a peace officer. As well, other officers had the authority to assist in that arrest. Given Mr. Andrus’ resistance, I am of the view that the involved officers did not use excessive force in effecting this lawful arrest. Accordingly, I have no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject officer committed a criminal offence.”

Director Scott added, “I am mindful of the fact that Mr. Andrus takes the view that he was only video recording police involvement in these arrests, and that he had the right to remain where he was to continue recording. I agree with him that he had the right to record this police activity. There is no law that I am aware of that prohibits citizens from recording police activity in public areas. However, the right to record police activity should not be confused with the authority of the police to require citizens to comply with lawful commands to control a disorderly situation. Here, in my view, the subject officer was attempting to control a difficult situation, and had the lawful authority to require Mr. Andrus to step away from the arrest scene whether or not he was video-recording the involved officers’ actions.”

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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