Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Two Canadians Cops Accused of Sex Abuse during UN Missions; One Fathered a Child

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Two Canadians Cops Accused of Sex Abuse during UN Missions; One Fathered a Child

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Two Canadians cops with UN accused of sex abuse


Two Canadian police officers were accused of sexual misconduct during United Nations missions abroad last year, a report released Friday states.

In one case, according to the report, a Canadian officer was found after a 55-day investigation to have fathered a child, pulled back from the country involved, and suspended for nine days.

The second case is still under investigation, the report states. No further details of the two cases were reported.

A spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale referred calls for comment to the RCMP, which manages foreign deployment of Canadian officers from two dozen services across the country.

In response, the RCMP said Canada adheres to the highest standards of police conduct on peace missions and will act appropriately where abuse occurs.

"Once a police officer has returned to Canada, any disciplinary action for misconduct in mission is the responsibility of the officer's home police service," RCMP Sgt. Harold Pfleiderer told The Canadian Press in an email.

"Both of the Canadian cases...were based on the UN definition of sexual exploitation and abuse; as a result, the elements of these allegations may or may not constitute a criminal offence in Canada."

In addition, RCMP policy bans any kind of sexual relations between deployed officers and citizens of mission countries, Pfleiderer said.

The report on special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse by soldiers and police personnel serving as peacekeepers was released by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

"The secretary-general remains distressed by continuing instances of sexual exploitation and abuse but resolute in ensuring ever more effective means to prevent and address the profound betrayal through such acts by United Nations personnel against the people they are charged with protecting," the report states.

In all, 41 adults and 22 minors were either alleged or confirmed as victims, the report states. …

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