SIU Charges Chatham-Kent Police Service Officer with Sexual Assault and Breach of Trust
Case Number: 15-OSA-191
Mississauga, ON (31 May, 2016) —
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit has caused a sexual assault charge and a breach of trust charge to be laid against a constable with the Chatham-Kent Police Service.
An SIU investigation found the following:
- Around 2:00 a.m. on August 23, 2015, a 23-year-old woman encountered a Chatham-Kent Police officer.
- The woman was driven in a marked cruiser to a parking lot in the Orangewood Boulevard area.
- The woman was allegedly sexually assaulted.
As a result of this investigation, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe the officer committed the criminal offences of sexual assault and breach of trust. He has caused two charges to be laid.
Chatham-Kent Police Service Constable Kenneth Miller is now facing one count of sexual assault, contrary to s. 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada, and one count of breach of trust in connection with the duties of his office, contrary to s. 122 of the Criminal Code of Canada, in relation to this particular incident.
The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at the Chatham Courthouse on July 5, 2016.
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.
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.