Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Mountie Fired after Sending Texts, Photos to Teen in Sex-Assault Case

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Mountie Fired after Sending Texts, Photos to Teen in Sex-Assault Case

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B.C. Mountie fired after flirty texting with teen

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RICHMOND, B.C. - An RCMP officer in Richmond, B.C., has been fired after a conduct review board found he used a police database to track down and send "flirty" text messages and suggestive photos to a teenage complainant in a sex-assault case.

The decision, released Nov. 8, says former constable Brian Eden's behaviour undermined public confidence in the force. A RCMP spokeswoman said Eden has been dismissed.

"The subject member's decision to pursue contact with (the woman) via sexualized text messages (was) fundamentally at odds with the duties he clearly knew he owed a 17-year-old sexual-assault complainant," John McKinlay wrote about the officer on behalf of the RCMP's conduct board.

"It was despite this knowledge that the subject member then transmitted the egregious generic image involving a bed cover-obscured erection, and later, in what I find a highly manipulative manner, expressed his willingness to receive a picture of (the woman) while she was wearing a bathing suit."

Neither Eden nor his lawyer could be immediately reached for comment and it is unclear whether an appeal is planned.

The conduct board decision says Eden, 40 at the time, first communicated with the 17-year-old woman in January 2015 to collect a witness statement related to a sexual assault investigation.

He accessed the police database two days later to look up the same investigation "for unauthorized personal reasons," the document says.

Eden reportedly sent about 280 texts to the young woman between Feb. 1 and 11, including a shirtless photo of himself and a generic picture of a man, waist down, wearing boxer shorts, accompanied by the message: "Shhhh."

Other texts copied verbatim in the decision include Eden calling the woman a "Saucey little thing," and telling her "send a pic," "im a fan of yoga pants . …

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