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RCMP officer, wife charged in sex, child abuse case

By Doug Hempstead, Danielle Bell, Ottawa Sun

The Ottawa Courthouse on Elgin St. (Ottawa Sun file photo)

The Ottawa Courthouse on Elgin St. (Ottawa Sun file photo)

OTTAWA -- An Ottawa RCMP officer and his wife face a slew of charges in a child-abuse investigation, where sources say a child was shackled and cuffed.

Police sources tell QMI Agency a boy had run away from home, and the father suggested where the child could be found.

The child did not want to return home, sources said, and the father also told officers they would find marks on the child.

Neighbours say the couple have three children -- two boys and a baby -- and cruisers had been outside the home for several days earlier this week.

Ottawa police, who are conducting the investigation, said the man was arrested Tuesday after an investigation at his home.

A patrol officer was responding to an Ottawa home, police said, but declined to elaborate on the nature of the call.

Police also said there is more than one victim.

"Just given the sheer number and type of charges, it is a very serious investigation we're conducting," said acting Staff Sgt. Frank D'Aoust of the sexual assault and child abuse section.

The RCMP is "aware of the allegations" and the Mountie was suspended with pay Wednesday.

He has not been on active duty since May 2011 but RCMP Cpl. Lucy Shorey would not say why that is, how long he has been on the force or what capacity.

An RCMP internal code of conduct investigation is also underway.

The 41-year-old man is charged with three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of assault with a weapon, one count of aggravated sexual assault, one count of failing to provide the necessities of life and one count of forcible confinement.

His 34-year-old wife faces seven similar charges.

The Mountie's face was covered with stubble and he bowed his shaved head as Crown attorney Marie Dufort outlined the allegations against him.

He's expected to appear in court Friday to be examined by a court psychiatrist before a bail hearing is scheduled.

His wife appeared minutes earlier wearing a puffy white coat trimmed with fur, her face framed by curly, shoulder-length dark hair.

She never spoke beyond saying her name, but nodded that she understood the charges.

She will appear in court by video Friday.

The wife's list of charges alleges she assaulted the boy with a wooden spoon.

The names of the accused are not being released to protect the identity of the victims.

The evidence is covered by a publication ban.

danielle.bell@sunmedia.ca

-- With files from Megan Gillis

 



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