Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

August 12, 2005 13:49 ET

Toronto Police Service Officer Charged

Attention: News Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 12, 2005) - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), James Cornish, has caused criminal charges to be laid against a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer.

Based on the evidence from the SIU investigation, the Director concluded there are reasonable grounds to believe that Constable Joseph Green of the TPS committed the following offences:
· Sexual assault, contrary to section 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada;
· Point a firearm without lawful excuse, contrary to section 87 of the Criminal Code of Canada, and
· Use a firearm in a careless manner, contrary to section 86 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The charges relate to an incident that occurred on October 8, 2004, at an adult entertainment establishment on King Street West in which a 34-year-old woman alleged she was sexually assaulted by an on duty TPS officer.

Constable Green has been released on a Promise to Appear and an Undertaking with conditions. He will next appear in court on September 16, 2005. Justice Prosecutions 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, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates circumstances involving police and civilians which have resulted in serious injury, sexual assault or death. Under Part VII, Section 113, of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU has the sole authority to decide whether or not charges are warranted based on the findings of a complete investigation. The Director's decision is reported to the Attorney General.

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Rose Bliss
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de telephone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529
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Contact Information

  • Rose Bliss, Communications Manager, Special Investigations Unit
    Primary Phone: 416-622-2342