Thu. May 26th, 2022

A Toronto police officer who responded to a woman’s call for help about a threat in the home is alleged to have returned to the victim’s home the next day and sexually assaulted her, according to recently released police documents.

Earlier this year, the Ontario Police Department, Special Investigations Unit (SIU), charged Const. Conal Quinn with sexual assault and breach of trust following an incident on March 21, 2021, involving a woman in Toronto.

Details of the alleged assault are contained in documents released this week by the Toronto police court in which Quinn appeared for the first time Tuesday. In addition to the criminal charges, Quinn faces three professional misdemeanors under the Ontario Police Services Act stemming from the alleged assault. He is currently suspended with pay.

The allegations have not been proven by the court, and Quinn, who worked out of 52 division in the center, has not yet appealed a plea. Officers found guilty by the court face consequences ranging from a reprimand to dismissal.

David Butt, Quinn’s attorney, declined to comment on the allegations, saying his client would fully address them during the hearing.

“As always, I urge everyone to avoid jumping to premature conclusions based on incomplete information,” Butt said.

According to police documents, Quinn was sent to a woman’s home on March 20, 2021, after she reported being the victim of a “home-related threat.” Quinn provided contact information to the woman “should she need additional police assistance,” the documents claim.

The next day, after the woman had contacted Quinn when she returned to her home, the officer went back to the woman’s apartment. He left another call he had been at the time without telling the communications operator, according to the documents.

It is alleged that when Quinn arrived, he sexually assaulted the woman.

“While you were there to help (the woman), a victim, you started making physical contact, including, hugging … rubbing her back, and you then started kissing her,” the documents claim.

Quinn then walked into the woman’s bedroom “in full uniform on duty” and began sexually touching her, police documents claim.

“In doing so, you misused your character and position as a member of the Service for private gain,” the documents allege.

The woman later complained to SIU, resulting in Quinn’s arrest. According to the watchdog, the officer was released with a promise to show up and is scheduled to be in court later this month.

In 2018, a Toronto police officer pleaded guilty to professional misconduct for sending what a police prosecutor called “inappropriate” texts to a woman, a day after he responded to an incident at home involving her ex-boyfriend.

After getting the woman’s phone number from her colleague, const. Jeffrey MacArthur started texting her around midnight to check in and asked if the officers “got a 10” for their service. Near 4 o’clock, the officer sent a collage of photos of himself – including one where he was without shirts, another where he made a handstand on the beach – before saying “Sorry !!! It was for someone else. ”

The woman later posted on Facebook about the text messages and asked if she should report the officer’s behavior. “I thought the first message was really nice, but now I question his intentions,” she wrote.

The woman later complained to the office of the independent police review director, resulting in the professional misconduct against MacArthur.

Police Prosecutor, Insp. Shane Branton, called the texts “clear offenses” and said they “violated the trust” that the complainant would have had with the police.

Wendy Gillis is a Toronto-based journalist who covers crime and police work for the star. Reach her via email at wgillis@thestar.ca or follow her on Twitter: @wendygillis

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