TORONTO, March 31 /CNW/ - James Cornish, the Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU), has caused two criminal charges to be laid against
an Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officer.
On November 5, 2007, the OPS notified the SIU that a female had come
forward and alleged that an on-duty OPS officer had sexually assaulted her in
the Ottawa area on November 3, 2007. As a result, four SIU investigators were
assigned to probe the allegations.
Based on the evidence from the SIU investigation, the Director has
concluded there are reasonable grounds to believe that 38-year-old Acting
Sergeant Rohan Beebakhee committed the offences of sexual assault contrary to
section 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada and breach of trust contrary to
section 122 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The officer has been released on an Undertaking before an
officer-in-charge with conditions. He will appear in court in Ottawa on April
21, 2008. 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 and the community, the SIU will make no
further comment pertaining to this investigation.
The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates cases of serious injuries
(including allegations of sexual assault) and deaths involving the police.
Pursuant to section 113 of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU is
mandated to consider whether a criminal offence has been committed by an
officer(s) in connection with the incident under investigation and, where
warranted by the evidence, to cause a criminal charge or charges to be laid
against the officer(s). The Director reports the results of investigations to
the Attorney General.
For further information:
For further information: Frank Phillips, SIU Communications/Service des
communications, UES Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou