Mountie who had affair with superior loses 7 days' pay
An RCMP review board has ordered seven days' docked pay and suggested a medical discharge for a Mountie who had sex with her superior officer in a police car.
Const. Susan Gastaldo will also receive a reprimand has been ordered to undergo counselling for her affair with Staff Sgt. Travis Pearson. The board ruled in December that Gastaldo wasn't truthful in her claims that she was coerced and sexually assaulted.
"Const. Gastaldo has not acknowledged responsibility for her actions. The crux of the matter is that she levelled a false claim against another officer and she has lost all credibility. Credibility is key to the job of a police officer," Supt. John Reid, a member of the RCMP disciplinary panel, said Thursday.
The panel ruled that Gastaldo's anxiety disorder was a mitigating factor in making their decision.
Gastaldo's lawyer says she will appeal the ruling to the commissioner of the RCMP in writing. She has also launched a civil lawsuit against Pearson and the RCMP in connection to her case.
Pearson has already been reprimanded and docked 10 days' pay by the same panel after admitting to the affair and to using a BlackBerry to exchange suggestive emails.
With files from CTV British Columbia's Jon Woodward and The Canadian Press