Former Toronto Police Service Officer Charged

    TORONTO, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - James Cornish, the Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU), has caused criminal charges to be laid against a
former Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer.
    Four SIU investigators probed an incident that occurred on April 14,
2007, in which a female complainant alleged that a TPS officer sexually
assaulted her during the course of an arrest.
    Having reviewed the evidence from the SIU investigation, Director Cornish
concluded that there are reasonable grounds to believe that Michael Carrington
committed the criminal offences and caused the following charges to be laid:

    -  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

    The SIU was notified that Mr. Carrington resigned from the TPS as of
September 14, 2007. A summons has been issued requiring him to appear at the
Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto on November 21, 2007, to answer to the
charges. Justice Prosecutions of the Ministry of the Attorney General has
carriage of the prosecution.
    As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair
trial interests of Mr. Carrington, the complainant 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: Rose Bliss, SIU Communications/Service des
communications, UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou

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