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Toronto officer involved in Bruce McArthur’s arrest and release put over

Det. Paul Gauthier.
Det. Paul Gauthier. File / Global News

TORONTO – The case of a Toronto police officer involved in the 2016 arrest and release of serial killer Bruce McArthur has been put over to next month.

Lawyers were expected to set a date today to argue a motion in the case of Sgt. Paul Gauthier, but that has now been postponed to Jan. 13 because the officer’s lawyer is ill.

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Gauthier faces disciplinary charges of insubordination and neglect of duty related to his handling of a complaint by a man who alleged McArthur tried to strangle him.

His lawyer, Lawrence Gridin, has said the officer did nothing wrong.

Toronto cop facing charges in connection to Bruce McArthur case says he’s a ‘scapegoat’
Toronto cop facing charges in connection to Bruce McArthur case says he’s a ‘scapegoat’

The sergeant has yet to appear before the tribunal, which Gridin has blamed on undisclosed medical issues. A date for a hearing has not yet been set.

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McArthur pleaded guilty in January to eight counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of men with ties to Toronto’s gay village.