Mountie acquitted in Kamloops jail sex case
Published Thursday, October 9, 2014 12:50PM PDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 9, 2014 1:27PM PDT
A Mountie accused of watching drunk female inmates have sex in a Kamloops jail has been found not guilty of breach of trust.
Cpl. Rick Brown allegedly watched the women on a closed-circuit monitor in August 2010 along with a group of men that included two other officers and at least one civilian jail guard.
Brown, who has been on paid administrative leave for four years, was the watch commander on duty at the time, and the Crown argued he should have intervened and separated the women.
He was acquitted Wednesday morning in B.C. Supreme Court.
The trial heard testimony that the mood among the men watching the sex was boisterous, like a hockey locker room after a win.
The court was also told one of the women involved said she was HIV positive while being taken into jail.
Two other Mounties, Const. Evan Elgee and Const. Stephen Zaharia, were also initially charged, as was former guard David Tompkins.
Tompkins pleaded guilty and was placed on one year’s probation. The counts against Elgee and Zaharia were stayed.
With files from The Canadian Press