May 1, 2014 7:33 pm

RCMP, Strathmore officer sued by woman for sexual misconduct

CALGARY- The RCMP and one of their constables in Strathmore are being sued by a woman claiming sexual misconduct.

The woman, who Global News is identifying as ‘Susan,’ says she was brought in for questioning in Strathmore following a domestic dispute in December 2012.

She claims she was held in a cell and told to remove her bra. Later, an officer offered her a ride home, but pulled over the cruiser and forced her to perform sexual acts.

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“He undid his belt, and started sliding his pants down,” she remembers. “And he kept saying ‘this never happened, don’t tell anyone.’

“I just wanted to get home,” the 33-year-old adds. “He just kept saying if I go along with it, he’ll get me home.”

The woman filed a complaint shortly after.

“The police investigation is ongoing at this time, and the constable involved has been suspended from the RCMP pending the outcome of that investigation,” explains Sgt. Steve Vince from Strathmore RCMP.

Susan is suing for $50,000 plus damages.

“If you can’t trust a peace officer in circumstances like this, this is a significant breach of trust,” says her lawyer, Clint Docken.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team investigated, and decided not to lay criminal charges in the case.


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