Hamilton police officer charged in Toronto gang raid facing new charges

A suspended Hamilton police officer is facing new charges.
A suspended Hamilton police officer is facing new charges. Hamilton Police Service

A suspended Hamilton police officer is facing a series of new charges after being arrested Tuesday in Toronto.

Craig Ruthowsky has been charged with 16 offences, including bribery, breach of trust, obstructing justice, robbery, public mischief, fraud under $5,000, drug and weapon trafficking and perjury.

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At least one of the new charges is related to allegations the 43-year-old former gangs and guns unit officer had a gun planted at the home of a target in 2010.

Hamilton police suspended Ruthowsky in 2012 after investigating allegations that he improperly disclosed licence plate information from the Canadian Police Information Centre.

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Toronto police arrested Ruthowsky as part of “Project Pharaoh” in 2015, accusing him of being part of a Hamilton criminal organization that was connected to a Toronto street gang.

Ruthowsky was released on bail with conditions and remains suspended with pay.

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