Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mountie in Charge of Mayerthorpe Detachment When 4 RCMP Killed Faces Charges

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mountie in Charge of Mayerthorpe Detachment When 4 RCMP Killed Faces Charges

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Alberta RCMP sergeant faces criminal charges

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SPRUCE GROVE, Alta. - A Mountie who was in command of the detachment in Mayerthorpe, Alta., on the day four officers were gunned down in 2005 faces unrelated criminal charges.

Sgt. Jim Martin of Spruce Grove, Alta., has been charged with two counts of fraud and two counts of breach of trust.

Martin is accused of using RCMP credit cards to buy personal items.

Insp. Gary Graham, Martin's detachment commander, said the charges against the 23-year veteran are tough on the RCMP community.

"You know we are frustrated and embarrassed because it is at two levels. He does have personal relationships with us, but he also has a public corporate relationship," Graham said Tuesday.

"These kind of allegations never sit well."

Martin has been suspended with pay pending resolution of the charges and faces an internal RCMP code of conduct investigation.

He was a corporal in charge of the Mayerthorpe detachment on March 3, 2005, when gunman James Roszko shot constables Peter Schiemann, Brock Myrol, Anthony Gordon and Leo Johnston. …

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