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Perry Dunlop Media Coverage at the Cornwall Public Inquiry 

18 November 2007 Perry’s  email to the justices at Ontario Divisional Court prior to his first contempt conviction

    

The Persecution, Prosecution and Incarceration of former Constable Perry Dunlop


Transcript of Perry & Helen Dunlop testimony at the Cornwall Public Inquiry: 

Perry & Helen 17 September 2007Perry & Helen 18 September 2007Helen 19 September 2007Helen 20 September 2007Perry 21 September 2007Perry 09 October 2007Perry 14 January 2008


25 Oct. 2008: The Golden Whistle Award:  Perry honoured as first recipient


Acts of Perfect Charity: A Parody        

                    

           

    

  

     

 

     

Father Charles MacDonald officiates at                                       Early 90s: Perry, Helen & the girls

 the wedding of Perry and Helen Dunlop                                                 Happier days! 

   

Perry Dunlop  

Perry Dunlop: The former Cornwall Police Constable who paid a high price for doing the right thing to protect children from suspect child molesters, and a heavy price for trying to do his duty, not the least of which was the loss of his chosen career and his reputation.  

 Prior to fulfilling his obligation to report the sexual abuse allegations against Father Charles MacDonald and Ken Seguin to the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) Dunlop received outstanding work evaluation reviews. 

In his 1992 review, for example, Staff Sgt. Derochie said that Dunlop projected an image of the Cornwall Police Service which was beyond reproach.  

By 1999, things had changed - radically.  

In the intervening years the Cornwall Police Service, advised by lawyer Colin McKinnon, had Dunlop charged under the Police Services Act for going to the CAS. 

The Board of Inquiry ruled in Dunlop’s favour.  The Cornwall Police Service, again advised by Colin McKinnon, appealed the ruling. Again the Board ruled in Dunlop’s favour – the charges were dismissed and he was completely exonerated.  

Due to the turmoil and stress created by the actions taken against him by his police force Dunlop was on stress leave until 1997.   

In those intervening years (1993-1999) became known as the point of contact for men who were sexually abused as young boys. One after the other they picked up the phone or showed up on the Dunlops' doorstep - grown men painfully and often tearfully reliving and recounting their horrific sexual abuse allegations against prominent men in the community. And in those intervening years Perry Dunlop passed affidavits and documentation containing sexual abuse allegations against a number of pillars of the community (teachers, lawyers, probation officers and Roman Catholic clergy) to Attorney General Charles Harnick and Solicitor General Robert Runciman and Julian Fantino, (then Chief of Ontario's London Police Service). The documents went to Runciman via the Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services - Justice Glaude’s former employer - an agency of the office of the Solicitor General which is now known as the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.   

Runciman washed his hands and passed the buck (PDF file) as did then Attorney General Harnick (PDF file)  

In 1999 Constable Perry Dunlop applied for a position with SACA (Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit) in the Cornwall Police Service. He didn’t get it. Why not? Crown Attorney Murray MacDonald allegedly told Cornwall police officers that he would not prosecute Dunlop’s cases because Dunlop had lied in court on a previous matter!  

In 2001, after Dunlop packed his bags and family and relocated to British Columbia he applied to join the RCMP. He was turned down. Why? According to Sergeant P. C. Lea, the Non Commissioned officer in charge of recruiting in Vancouver, Dunlop was lacking “Integrity & Honesty.”   

 Dunlop was later lynched during the Project Truth sex abuse trials of Jacques Leduc and Father Charles MacDonald. The judge who took the bench at first Project Truth sex abuse trial was the former lawyer for the Cornwall Police Service, Colin McKinnon. (A Complaint was filed with the Canadian Judicial Council about Colin McKinnon.)  

Both Leduc and MacDonald won stays because their Charter rights to a speedy trial had presumably been violated - whether or not they did or did not molest and sexually abuse young boys became irrelevant as one and all turned their sights upon and partook in some measure in the truly vitriolic vilification of Perry Dunlop.   

That’s just a small part of the price a conscientious young officer, husband and father has paid for trying to protect children after he stumbled upon the sexual abuse allegations against Father MacDonald and Ken Seguin.  

And, sad to say, this is the way “they system” treats a man who gave his all to make the streets and sanctuaries of Cornwall a safe place for children. It’s nothing to be proud of.  

So, have there been lies? and if so, who's been telling them? about what? about whom? and why?  

That's what the Cornwall Public Inquiry should be trying to find out if it wants to lift the fog from Cornwall. The question is, do Premier Dalton McGuinty, Attorney General Michael Bryant and Justice Normand Glaude want to find out? By the look of the mandate, I have my doubts.
2000 Dunlop receives Ethical Courage Award (HTMl file)

Constable Perry Dunlop Commendations/Evaluation History (Cornwall Police Service)

July 1992:  Perry Dunlop 6 page Cornwall Police Service performance evaluation


Leduc-trial-related documents

18 August 2004: Perry Dunlop note to Justice Platana when he realized he had been brought to testify at the second Leduc trial under false pretenses 

25 October 2004: Dunlop lawyer Yvonne Pink to Chief Superintendent Frank Ryder, Ontario Provincial Police  

29 September 2004: Sworn statement of Perry Dunlop in response to Justice Platana's Order of Production during the second and final sexual abuse trial of Jacques Leduc   

29 September 2004: List of documents turned over to Justice Platana by Perry Dunlop pursuant to the 13 September 2004 Order of Production during the second and final sexual abuse trial of Jacques Leduc (PDF file)  

02 November 2004: Frank Ryder response to 25 October 2004 letter of Yvonne Pink

The David Silmser 1994 complaint against Cst. Heidi Sebalj which, with the aid of then lawyer Colin McKinnon, morphed into charges under the Police Service Act against Cst. Perry Dunlop.   


11 January 1994:  PRESS RELEASE - Police Board Account: Incident involving alleged sexual assault.  Release signed by Leo Courville, chairman of the Board. (Whether by accident or design the chronology of events in the press release omits, misrepresents and/or provides erroneous information regarding the "investigation" of the David Silmser sex abuse allegations against Father Charles MacDonald and probation officer Ken Seguin. In addition, despite the fact that various documents indicate that by 11 January '94 the CPS had conducted an investigation of Perry Dunlop's actions and concluded no discipline would be imposed the press release implies otherwise. Indeed it (1) very publicly casts the actions of Perry in a negative light, (2) directly or indirectly implies that his actions are at the heart of "all" outstanding isues which demand resolution, and (3) directly or indirectly invites David Silmser to file a complaint against Perry Dunlop.)

    

11 January 1994:  Bryce Geoffrey hand-delivered letter threatening legal action - addresses to Cornwall Police Service Board, acting Chief Don Johnston and Constable Heidi Sebalj. At this time Geoffrey was not yet aware that the diocesan hush deal was illegal. Nor did he seem to be yet aware that David Silmser accepted the pay-off only after being told in August 1993 that Father Charles MacDonald would not be charged.


25 October 2008:  11-year-old Shawna Deroy treats a hero to lunch.  11-year-old Shawna Deroy treats Perry to lunch at Just Jake's in downtown Duncan, B.C.  Shawna had said when Perry came back to Duncan, B.C. she planned to take him out for lunch - and she would pay :).   And there they are.  Shawna's treat.  By happenstance this is the same day and almost the same time that across the country in Ottawa Perry was being honoured in absentia as the recipient of the first Golden Whistle award.

(You may recall that after Perry's arrest Shawna wrote to Premier Dalton McGuinty and the commission telling them they should put "BAD people" in jail and that "Perry Dunlop is not a "BAD PERSON.  PERRY DUNLOP IS A HERO." On 06 Sept. '08 she sent a letter to the Ontario premier reminding him that "what goes around comes around."  She also wrote  to Perry in jail.  She even sent her $100 carbon tax refund to Perry so that he would have money to order pop and chips from the jail's canteen! )

   

Would You Blow the Whistle on Sex Abuse? (pdf file - Chatelaine, March 1999).  Text only of Chatelaine article  

PerryDunlop Will State

(Perry's "Story")07 April 2000

Will State Part 1(pp 2 to 28)  

Will State Part 2(pp 29 to 56)  

 Will State Part 3 (pp 57 to 84)  

Will State Part 4 (pp  to 102)

Will State Part 5 (pp 103 to 110) 

Videos on YouTube of 01 May 2008 Public Meeting in Cornwall Ontario

Helen Dunlop: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5; Part 6

Monica Dunlop (Perry & Helen's 16-year-old daughter): Part 1Part 2; Part 3 

01 May 2008:  

Pictures from Public Meeting    


24 May 2008: Our Goodbyes

The Law is a Ass (Grade 12 Essay by Heather Dunlop.) 

 "One day I'll be just like my father" (Monica Dunlop at 01 May 2008 Public Meeting)

02 April 2008:  Perry's rights as an Ontario Inmate      

01 May 2008: Pictures from Public Meeting


Files of Interest

11 January 1994:  PRESS RELEASE - Police Board Account: Incident involving alleged sexual assault.  Release signed by Leo Courville, chairman of the Board. (Whether by accident or design the chronology of events in the press release omits, misrepresents and/or provides erroneous information regarding the "investigation" of the David Silmser sex abuse allegations against Father Charles MacDonald and probation officer Ken Seguin. In addition, despite the fact that various documents indicate that by 11 January '94 the CPS had conducted an investigation of Perry Dunlop's actions and concluded no discipline would be imposed the press release implies otherwise. Indeed it (1) very publicly casts the actions of Perry in a negative light, (2) directly or indirectly implies that his actions are at the heart of "all" outstanding isues which demand resolution, and (3) directly or indirectly invites David Silmser to file a complaint against Perry Dunlop.) 

04 May 1994: "Strictly Confidential" Colin McKinnon letter to Staff Sgt. Brendan Wells (Cornwall Police Service) re Police Service Act charges against Constable Perry Dunlop  

30 August 1994: Affidavit of Perry Dunlop - Board of Inquiry (PDF file)

31 August 1994: Dr. John Bradford Affidavit - says based on David Silmser's victim statment there were reasonable grounds to believe at the time that other children were currently being molested. 

18 October 1994: Colin McKinnon threatens Carson Chisholm with legal action.  Demands Caron apologize to former Chief of Cornwall police Claude Shaver.  

27 November 1997: Constable Perry Dunlop appeals to Cornwall Police Association for assistance 

31 July 1998 Detective Sergeant Hall signs for receipt of documents from Perry Dunlop.  Hall says Project Truth did not receive the full package of information delivered by Perry to the offices of the Attorney General and Solicitor General in April 1997.

07 April 1999 Perry requests leave to receive award in Victoria, B.C.(pdf file)

13 April 1999 Inspector Trew grants Perry leave but tells him he is not allowed to wear his police uniform to receive the award. (pdf)

16 April 1999 Kurt Fraser to Cornwall police Chief Repa re Trew response (pdf file) (Perry did not wear his uniform to receive the award)

 

22 December 1998 Crown attorney Robert Pelletier letter to Det. Sgt. Pat Hall:  re “Allegations of Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Death Threats Against Cst. Perry Dunlop and Family.”  Pelletier concludes that reasonable and probable grounds do not exist to lay charges, and that if they did “it would  presently be contrary to the public interest to pursue this matter.”

07 April 2000: Constable Perry Dunlop Will State (these 25 pages were posted initially.  The full 110 pages were posted later - see top of column)   

July 2000: There goes a true hero (JPEG file - Article by Jacki Leroux in the Ottawa Sun published as the Dunlops were packing their bags to leave Cornwall)

05 July 2000: Crown Attorney Shelley Hallett allegedly discovered that she did not receive all documents from police during the first Project Truth sexual abuse trial of Jacques Leduc (PDF file) 

Summer 2001: Doing The Right Thing. And Paying For It!

 02 May 2002: Project Truth Crown Attorney, defence and judge join forces against Dunlop 

07 May 2002: Cop delayed trial far too long: Defence (Charlie's lawyer Michael Neville stoops to name calling) 

July 2002 "Doing the right thing and paying for it" article re Perry Dunlop in Denver Police Department publication (see page 6-7 PDF file) 

Canada is not a good place to be for whistleblowers: website looks at the fate of Dunlop and other Canadian whistleblowers 

01 December 2006: Dunlop one of the first to suggest clan operated   

 He's FREE! (04 October 2008 - pictures)

05 October 2008:  Perry sings Elvis 

06 October 2008:  From the Inside (photos - Perry goes through some of the contents of his possessions - three sacks stuffed with legal papers and tons of cards, letters and postcards)  

06 October 2008:  Perry and Helen Dunlop (Perry minus the beard) (pictures) 


Perry Dunlop Trust fund

Sound Off! 

Support for and to the Dunlops in Duncan, B.C.   and Support for Perry Dunlop  

Articles Which Provide Further Information

Questioning Of Dunlop And Courtroom Objectivity

Cornwall Seaway News 

Perspective by Bob Roth
posted 10 May 2002
 

At press time, the trial into the most recent Project Truth courtroom drama had just featured former Const. Perry Dunlop on the witness stand. And, predictably, defence counsel for the priest - on trial on 13 counts of sex-related offenses involving seven complainants - went after Dunlop's credibility. Questions were asked of Dunlop regarding the mountain of evidence he personally assembled after police dropped the ball on the cover-up by the Catholic Church of a child abuse allegation. 

Going after Dunlop has been standard fare over the duration of this whole controversy. Anything but deal with the main issue - a cover-up took place, illegal acts were committed and no one has been held properly accountable. 

Instead of concentrating on the main issue, the "system" went after Dunlop - first with charges against him by his own police force, then with an appeal when he was found not guilty of those charges. Then we had a host of letters to the editor and public commentary attacking the only man who was prepared to stick his neck out on this issue to defend our children. 

I fully expected the defence in this latest trial to go after Dunlop's credibility. But I must confess to great unease over comments the judge made during last week's proceedings. 

The defence questioned why it took Dunlop so long to hand over documents relevant to Project Truth to investigators. Dunlop had explained to the court that he frankly didn't trust authorities to protect the files. But he got into some hot water when he also said he didn't have time to disclose everything because he was so tied up with other things, including the investigation itself. I know that Dunlop was being phoned regularly by people who claimed to have been sexually abused asking for help and advice, because some of those people phoned me to get his number. 

"I was getting phone calls at night," Dunlop told the court. At this point Judge W. Dan Chilcott dove into the debate. "Turn off your phone," the judge advised. 

"And I had a family to raise," Dunlop countered. 

"I appreciate that," Judge Chilcott said, "but it doesn't take 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to answer the phone and raise a family." 

It's a comment I would have expected from the defence lawyer, not the judge. 

Why the judge felt the need to enter the debate and thusly challenge Dunlop is something only he can answer. And I hope he does. Because I know, from talking with the Dunlops during the ordeal, that they were, in fact, overwhelmed with work involving this case and people calling them. (Then there were the threats, of course.) 

The public expects a judge in such a case to not only be neutral and objective, but to appear to be neutral and objective. In my personal opinion, the judge's comments do not enhance my belief in the court's objectivity. 

Much of the debate surrounding the whole Project Truth affair has centred on the inability of the establishment, especially the justice system, to act swiftly and appropriately. The police dropping the case after the church made a $32,000 hush-money payoff was the first step in this sordid failure on the part of our justice system. Then there were the two legal actions taken against Dunlop (found innocent in both cases) and then we had the "discharge" (in effect, no penalty whatsoever) given by the courts to one of the lawyers involved in the hush-money payoff. 

There is genuine concern that the "system" hasn't dealt with this issue the way it should be dealt with. Therefore, those involved, particularly at the level of "objectivity," should be very careful in choosing their words and their points of entry into the debate.

 

The Institute for Law Enforcement Administrationilea@ilea@cailaw.orgcailaw.org

2000 ETHICAL COURAGE AWARD WINNER

Mr. Perry Dunlop
British Columbia, Canada
 

Over the course of a distinguished law enforcement career which began in 1983, Constable Perry Dunlop worked in patrol, criminal investigations and the drug unit for the Cornwall, Ontario, Police Service. In recognition of his professionalism and courage, he was on two occasions chosen Cornwall Police Officer of the Year, once in 1987, and again in 1991.  

In 1994, though, Constable Dunlop found himself in a very unfamiliar position, when he was charged with illegally revealing police information to a source outside his agency. Specifically, after learning of a case of reported child sexual abuse in which the alleged abuser was permitted to pay the victim a sum of money in lieu of criminal charges, Dunlop asked why his agency was not investigating the case or reporting the matter - as required - to the appropriate child protective authorities. Despite being cautioned to stay away from the case, Dunlop reported it to the Children's Aid Society; an act which resulted in disciplinary charges from his department. He was twice cleared of any wrongdoing, and a special task force eventually was formed to investigate allegations of widespread child sexual abuse.  

Because of his outspoken stand against official silence and inertia, Perry Dunlop and his family were harassed and ostracized both in the community and within his police agency. In July, 2000, Perry Dunlop resigned from the Cornwall Police Service and moved with his wife and three children to western Canada. 

On October 13, 2000, at the 9th Annual International Ethics Conference, Perry Dunlop received the Ethical Courage Award in recognition of his willingness to stand up for "the right thing," and for his unhesitating demonstration of character and integrity.

 

Nothing left for Dunlops in Cornwall 

CBC News
Last updated Jul 4, 2000 12:00:00 AM
 

The man who exposed a pedophile ring in this eastern Ontario city is giving up police work and moving on. Constable Perry Dunlop and his wife Helen are moving to the west coast. Seven years ago, they began pressing authorities to pursue the case. Even though Dunlop is leaving before the investigation, known as Project Truth, is finished, he believes it will not derail. "I don't think it will fade away. I think it has a life of its own," he says. "I can remember when I got into this, I said to Helen if the victims and the public don't get behind this then it will become dead in the water. But I think there's enough momentum the story will live on and on from here." Sylvia MacEachern is editor of The Orator, an international publication produced by Roman Catholic lay people. She says its not going to be easy to carry on without the Dunlops.

'Dirty Secret' took toll on family

By SARAH GREEN
Ottawa Sun

10 July 1998 

CORNWALL — The seven names on the OPP press release were a small victory for Helen Dunlop yesterday. 

But for Dunlop and her family, it's a victory that came at a great price.

 

Her husband, Perry a constable with the Cornwall police department, sparked the OPP investigation "Project Truth" last year when he handed over sworn statements from al­leged victims who say they were abused by clergy and other prominent residents.

 

Although "Project Truth" was launched last September, the Dunlops have been fighting since 1993 to shed some light on what she-calls Cornwall's "dirty little secret."

 

But their fight has cost them dearly. The couple, who have three children between the ages of six and eight, are broke, having spent $150,000 of their own savings.

 

They've lost friends and received little sup-port from the community. The number of Cornwall police officers who support them, Dunlop said, she can count on one hand.

They've also received hate mail-and at least one death threat.

 

"You can't believe what an emotional roller-coaster it is. You can't believe how draining it is. It's just hell. You wake up and you fight it every day. The phone rings and it's a victim calling," Dunlop said, rubbing her tired eyes. "It's a dirty, dirty little secret and people don't want to deal with it. If you drag it out into the light, people don't want to deal with you."

 

Three of the seven charged yesterday are members of the clergy, one a prominent doc­tor, another a well-known local restaurateur.

 

As she scans the list of names, Dunlop said one or two looked familiar. But she said none of the men charged yesterday were named in the statements that she and her husband handed over to police.

 

"The names we turned over to the OPP are not on this sheet. I would say they'll be laying more charges and if they're not, I want to know why," Dunlop said, tapping her hand on the press release.

 

"This is good work. I commend the OPP for coming forward with the seven, but I think their work is far from over."

 

There are 10 names that could be added to the list of those charged, Dunlop said.

 

Dunlop has been ill for the past few days and as she received the news of the yester­day's charges, her shoulders sagged with a weariness that could only hint at what the two have endured over the past five years:

 

Her dining room table is covered with files and sheets of paper, and boxes filled with more paper are stacked around the house. The case has become part of their daily lives.

 

"Perry and I could have sat here and turned a blind eye to this, but every citizen in this community has a moral obligation to protect children," Dunlop said.

 

"(The attitude is); `Let's not talk about pedophiles. It's too close to the bone.' It's some-thing they can't deal with. The harm it does, it ruins people's lives.

 

"I've lost total faith in the hierarchy of the Catholic church.

 

"I haven't lost faith in God it's the only thing that's carried us through."

 

Officer did his duty trying to protect kids, appeal judges rule 

December 13, 1995 22.36 EST 

TORONTO (CP)
The police complaints commissioner has lost an appeal to have a Cornwall constable with an impeccable record tried by a board of inquiry for misconduct.

Perry Dunlop, 34, was charged last year under the Ontario Police Services Act with illegally releasing a copy of a witness statement that named a priest and a probation officer as child abusers.
 

In a written judgment released Wednesday, a panel of three judges ruled that Dunlop did his duty in trying to protect children from two alleged sexual assaulters. 

In 1993, Dunlop learned that a sexual assault complaint had been made by a youth against a priest and a probation officer. He later found out that the investigation had been called off because the local Roman Catholic archdiocese had given the youth $32,000 in return for dropping legal proceedings. 

Dunlop, who was not assigned to the case, obtained a photocopy of the youth's statement and reported the allegations to the local children's aid society. A few days after the investigation into the case ended, Dunlop gave a copy to children's aid. 

The youth then laid a public complaint against Dunlop. 

The charge was stayed on Jan. 31, 1995, but the decision was appealed by the commission, which monitors complaints against police and has the power to lay disciplinary charges. 

Dunlop has been off the job on medical leave since the case went public in January 1994. 

 

SUPPORT FOR POLICE OFFICER 

 Tuesday 21 November 1995
Ontario Legislature
 

Mr John C. Cleary (Cornwall): I have a petition signed by 9,469 constituents of eastern Ontario who support Cornwall Police Constable Perry Dunlop's action when he reported information on a child abuse case to the children's aid society. The petition reads as follows: 

"To the Legislature of Ontario: 

"We, the undersigned, petition the Legislature of Ontario as follows: 

"We fully support Constable Perry Dunlop in his decision to protect children first. Further, that no action or penalty be brought against him." 

The petition is signed by all citizens and children in Cornwall. I also have affixed my signature to the petition. 

 

Ruling on police wrongdoing appealed

March 15, 1995 15.53 EST 

CORNWALL, Ont. (CP)
Ontario's police complaints commissioner is appealing a ruling that cleared a constable of wrongdoing in the handling of a sexual abuse investigation of a Roman Catholic priest.
 

A provincial board of inquiry has found that Const. Perry Dunlop acted appropriately when he gave a copy of the complainant's police statement to the Children's Aid Society. 

Dunlop, who wasn't directly involved with the investigation, was acting against the order of his superior officer. 

But the board said he had reasonable grounds to suspect abuse and acted appropriately under the Child and Family Services Act. 

The inquiry was ordered by Cornwall's police chief last year, after the alleged victim filed a complaint with the complaints commissioner. 

The alleged victim told police in 1992 that he'd been sexually abused by a priest more than 20 years earlier. 

The police investigation was dropped 10 months later after the complainant stopped co-operating. It was revealed the complainant received $32,000 from the Roman Catholic diocese in return for dropping legal proceedings. 

The commissioner's appeal will be heard by a divisional court, likely in Ottawa. 

End of document. 

 
Cornwall cop faces charges under Police Services Act

September 24, 1994 15.36 EST

OTTAWA (CP)

A Cornwall police officer is facing professional misconduct charges for going to the Children's Aid Society with suspicions that a local priest and probation officer might be sexually abusing children. 

Const. Perry Dunlop is charged with breach of confidence and discreditable conduct under the Ontario Police Services Act. He could be reprimanded or fired if found guilty. 

Dunlop admits giving a copy of a sexual assault statement to the Cornwall Children's Aid Society but denies leaking it to the media. 

His lawyer has moved to have the charge quashed, arguing Dunlop was only fulfilling his legal obligations. 

Under the Ontario Child and Family Services Act all professionals, including police officers, must report suspected child abuse to the Children's Aid Society. 

 "Bluntly stated," said lawyer Allan O'Brien, "if Perry Dunlop hadn't reported this, someone could have said that was discreditable conduct." 

Cornwall police chief Carl Johnston told the Ottawa Citizen he laid the charge after an internal investigation.  "A document from the police force was removed from the police facility and subsequently the document turned up publicly," he said. 

Friday's developments are the latest in a scandal that began earlier this year in Cornwall involving a Roman Catholic priest, a probation officer, a suicide and an out-of-court settlement by the church.

 

Seven months ago, the Ontario Provincial Police reopened the investigation by Cornwall police to see if charges should be laid against the priest.

 

A Crown attorney is reviewing the OPP probe, which followed an earlier investigation by Ottawa police. The Ottawa force concluded senior Cornwall officers did not offer enough support in the case.

 

Dunlop says he went to the Cornwall Chilren's Aid Society because "it appeared that the case was coming to a close without a complete investigation being done," according to an affidavit filed along with the motion to quash the charge.

 

In December 1992, a 35-year-old man gave Cornwall police a written statement saying he'd been sexually abused by the Cornwall priest and an area probation officer in the 1970s when he was age 12. He was a former altar boy.

 

Dunlop got a copy of the man's statement from the investigating officer. He photocopied the statement and gave the original back to his colleague.

 

The next day, Sept. 25, 1993, he brought it to the attention of Richard Abell, the CAS's executive-director in Cornwall.  

Dunlop was concerned that the probation officer "continued to have isolated contact with children in the Cornwall community." 

In November 1993, the probation officer committed suicide at his home near Lancaster, east of Cornwall. No criminal charges were ever laid against him.

 

Dunlop has been on an extended sick leave from the force since January.

End of document. 

 
CORNWALL, Ont. (CP)

A man who claims he was sexually abused by a Roman Catholic priest 20 years ago is suing a former city police chief and two officers for breach of privacy in the case, his lawyer said Tuesday. 

The suit also names Cornwall's police services board and the Children's Aid Society of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and claims $250,000 in damages, said lawyer Bryce Geoffrey of Ottawa. 

Geoffrey said his 35-year-old client gave a handwritten statement about the priest to police during a criminal investigation. 

"My client's statement was released to the media without his knowledge or consent," he said. 

Part of the statement was broadcast on an Ottawa TV station and the signature "was on the screen for everyone to see," he said. 

A Cornwall police spokesman said in January he was confident no one on the force released the statement to reporters. Police can only disclose such statements to an accused person's lawyer. 

Former police chief Claude Shaver and the others named in the suit should receive statements of claim by the end of the week, Geoffrey said. 

Spokesmen for Cornwall police and the Children's Aid Society said they have not been served any legal papers. 

Shaver and Leo Courville, chairman of the police board, were not available for comment. 

Geoffrey said his client first complained to police in December 1992 that he had been sexually assaulted by a local priest when he was an altar boy, but told police to drop the investigation last September when he received a payment of $32,000 from the Roman Catholic diocese.

Meanwhile, provincial police continue to investigate the sexual assault case against the former priest.

The probe was launched soon after Ottawa police reviewed the handling of the investigation by Cornwall police. Ottawa police concluded there was no evidence of a coverup attempt by Cornwall police but recommended re-opening the case. 

 

 

 
 
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