SIU Lays Assault Charge against Three St. Thomas Police Officers

The St. Thomas Police are in receipt of the SIU’s decision to lay criminal charges against three St. Thomas officers. As such the three officers have been suspended with pay. The Police Service will be conducting an internal investigation into the matter in accordance with Section 11 of the Police Services Act. As the matter is before the courts no further information will be released by the Police Service.

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Three St. Thomas Police Service officers have been charged with assault for their involvement in a takedown in February of this year.

An SIU investigation found the following:

On February 2, 2016, several St. Thomas Police officers were conducting surveillance in a residential area near Southdale Road East and Adelaide Road South in London, Ontario. The officers were seeking a suspect in a jewelry store robbery. Around 4:00 p.m., officers followed a taxi to Nadine Avenue, where they removed a male passenger and arrested him in relation to their investigation. The 35-year old male was injured during the incident. He was released unconditionally when the officers realized they had arrested the wrong person.

As a result of this investigation, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe the officers each committed the criminal offence of assault causing bodily harm. As a result, Director Loparco has caused three charges to be laid.

Constable Frank Boyes, Constable Sean James, and Constable Daniel Spicer are now charged with assault causing bodily harm, contrary to s. 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The officers are required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 80 Dundas Street in London on May 31, 2016. The matter is now properly before the courts. In consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, the SIU will make no further comment.

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22 comments

  1. Steven C. Shearer

    Haha that looks good on them

  2. JJ McCarthy

    Suspended with pay is bullshit!

  3. JJ McCarthy

    Ya it must be so painful to sit at home and still get paid

  4. Dan Leddy

    Do you understand unions? Also they are charged it didnt say they were guilty!!

  5. JJ McCarthy

    Also, did I say anything about their guilt?!?

  6. Eireann Pryce-Gagnier

    Must be a glorious feeling to attack the hard working, selfless men and women that got to work every day to protect YOU and me….you people on here with all your “haha’s, and ya’s” should be so lucky to never need them in a time of crisis….shameful!!!!

  7. Dan Dale Elgin Finch

    I’m glad that I don’t have to be perfect at my job every day. We fully support you Sean, Dan and Frank.

  8. Teresa Thwaites

    Well, I for one have needed them, unfortunately they were useless. Along with a few judges and crowns. I would never trust any of them again.

  9. Betty Skiffington Sagi

    I agree with Teresa. I have great respect for the police forces but st. Thomas police couldn’t find their ass from a hole in the ground. Sad to say that but I know lots that’s happened there that they couldn’t solve. Glad I dont live there anymore. Now I’m not saying they ate all bad but they need to get rid of the bad apples

  10. Mark Kasubeck

    I personally know all 3 of these officers and frankly think the charges against them are rediculous. Obviously the ppl chirping them have issues with police

  11. W Jeffrey Shervington IV

    How about looking at it this way…”I wasn’t there, I didn’t see what happened and I can’t comment without knowing the facts?”

  12. Michelle Fairman

    They don’t have to be perfect, for me it’s not about arresting the wrong person, that happens. My problem is with the alleged assault while doing so. Even if the person was the right party, assault is not part of their job on any day!

  13. Marc Lauzon

    Well said Dan Dale Elgin Finch

  14. Matt Rumas

    STPD with LPD found the suspect the next day in London. I’d say the found more than “a hole in the ground”. You can’t generalize because some bad guy somewhere got away with something.

  15. Matt Rumas

    Michelle Fairman if the person they were arresting had violently beaten 2 people in a jewelry store, they must protect themselves before something bad happened. Unfortunately, at this incident, they arrested the wrong person.

    The real suspect was found the next day with the combined effort on STPD & London PD

  16. Matt Rumas

    I also know all 3 of these officers and I’d trust my life and family to each of them.

  17. Vicky Vanderheyden

    Certainly would be awesome if people could consider the entire career track record of these three men who put themselves out there daily for our safety. How wonderful it would be if everyone passing judgement knew all the facts.

  18. Velma Taylor

    Shame on you Betty most of the police here are hard working and dedicated officers maybe it has something to do when you worked here at a bar

  19. Betty Skiffington Sagi

    Did you read what I said Velma. I said they are not all bad but there are or were some that were very bad. And I’m entitled to my opinion