Halton cop facing charges of sexual assault in connection with incident in Burlington

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Published December 16, 2021 at 11:23 am

A Halton cop has been charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault that occurred in Burlington on Sept. 9.

The director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Halton Regional Police Service officer committed a criminal offence.

On Oct. 3, the SIU received a complaint of sexual assault and launched an investigation.

As a result of the SIU investigation, Cst. David Ardrey is charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of breach of trust contrary to section 271 and section 122, respectively, of the Criminal Code.

Ardrey is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 491 Steeles Ave. E. in Milton on Jan. 12, 2022.

The SIU usually provides an extensive breakdown of its investigation, however, as the matter is before the courts, and in consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, the SIU will not provide further comment.

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of police officers that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians.

Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations
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