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No Evidence to Support Charges Against RCMP Officer.
The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) has released its report regarding a possible case of invitation to sexual touching.
In October, 2014, the RCMP referred a report that one of their male officers may have allowed a then three year old girl to touch his genitals. The young girl was cared for by the officer’s wife in their home a few days a week between September, 2013 and June, 2014.
The investigation disclosed that the girl, now four, made two brief comments to her parents in July, 2014, which might suggest that the officer had allowed the touching. However, she did not provide any further details when asked by her parents, and the original comments could also be interpreted to mean something else. When the matter was investigated by SiRT in October, the young girl did not disclose any facts about the matter. The officer and his wife both gave statements saying the officer had no significant contact with the child. The officer passed a polygraph exam given by a private provider.
The investigation concluded that there was no available evidence to suggest that anything had occurred, and that it would be unsafe to draw any conclusions about the matter from the brief comments the girl made to her parents. As there was no evidence of an offence, the fact of an investigation should not be taken to suggest anything occurred between the officer and the child.
The full report is available at http://sirt.novascotia.ca.
SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald, who is solely responsible for decisions respecting the laying of any charge.
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Serious Incident Response Team