York Region police officer sentenced to 7.5yrs in jail on corruption-related offences


Published January 21, 2022 at 12:21 pm

Police say a Toronto-area constable who was the focus of an undercover corruption probe has been sentenced to 7.5 years behind bars.

Const. Richard Senior of York Regional Police was arrested as part of a broader corruption investigation in October 2018.

He initially faced 30 charges, but more than half were dropped at the start of his trial.

He was found guilty on 11 counts in April, including trafficking cocaine and steroids and inappropriately searching and disclosing confidential information.

Senior then sought a stay of proceedings on allegations of police entrapment, but the court rejected his application in November.

It did, however, stay three of the counts he had been found guilty on.

York police say the sentence also comes with a 10-year weapons ban and a lifetime ban on restricted or prohibited weapons. He must also submit a DNA sample. 

The force says Senior has now been suspended without pay. The constable had been suspended with pay during trial, as the Police Services Act says pay can’t be withheld unless an officer is convicted and sentenced to imprisonment.

“This unacceptable criminal behaviour is not tolerated by our organization and my thanks go to the members who investigated this case and the prosecutors who secured the convictions,” Police Chief Jim MacSween said in a statement.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2022.

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