N.L. correctional officers and N.S. dentist charged with assault against inmate

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Police say a Nova Scotia dentist and two Newfoundland and Labrador correctional officers are facing assault charges in connection with an incident at a dental clinic last October.

RCMP said today Dr. Louis Bourget and officers Roy Goodyear and Ronald McDonald are each facing charges of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.

Police say the charges stem from an incident that occurred when an inmate from the Bishop’s Falls Correctional Centre in central Newfoundland was taken to a Gander, N.L., dental office for major dental work last October.

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The three are also involved in a civil lawsuit filed in December by St. John’s lawyer Bob Buckingham, which alleges Bourget allowed McDonald to perform a procedure on the sedated inmate while Goodyear allegedly filmed it.

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The allegations have not been tried in court and Buckingham confirmed in an email today that he had not seen the video in question.

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Bourget, Goodyear and McDonald are scheduled to appear in provincial court in Gander, N.L., on April 6.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 5, 2021.

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