Canada (McKoy’s News) – Toronto Cops Acquitted of Sexual Assault: A Toronto judge on Thursday has acquitted three 51 Division constables accused of sexually assaulting a parking enforcement officer in a downtown Toronto hotel room.
Toronto Cops Acquitted: The three 51 Division constables are Leslie Nyznik, Sameer Kara and Joshua Cabero, accused of sexually assaulting a parking enforcement officer in a downtown Toronto hotel room on Jan. 17, 2015. The complainant’s identity is protected under a publication ban.
Mayor John Tory says it will be up to Chief Mark Saunders to determine if the three cops should face any internal discipline after being acquitted.
Superior Court Justice Anne Molloy wrote in her 45-page ruling that it is simply not safe to convict.
Molloy, however, said she did not “necessarily believe” Nyznik, the only one of the three officers who testified and “freely” acknowledged “many things that were not to his credit.”
For example, “the amount of drinking that was going on; the extent of the free food and drinks and privileged treatment provided by the bars they attended; his familiarity with the Brass Rail and its staff,” the name of the Yonge Street strip bar the officers attended before going to the hotel.
The judge was also not impressed with the ease with which Nyznik (and the others) “lied to the stripper at the Brass Rail about being a pornographic movie crew,” which she wrote in her ruling. She also upbraided him for showing “shocking insensitivity and cruelty …of finishing with the complainant and then asking the two men if they should still call the “hooker” to come over.”
Meanwhile, Mayor Tory said, “What I expect from all of our public servants, and I include in that first and foremost police officers, people who work for the transit system, a high standard of behavior whether you’re on or off duty, you are a public servant.”
The mayor said the situation was difficult because Molloy rendered not guilty verdicts. “On the other hand there are some real concerns that exist out there of people saying ‘well what if those officers, for example, were to be involved in a future case of this kind,” he said.
“People have to behave in a manner that would stand the test of public scrutiny that is inevitably applied either during or in many cases after events happen,” Tory added.
The officers have been suspended with pay since the criminal charges were laid. The Toronto Police Service has not commented on the officers’ status.
Contributed by Ashia Imani