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Acquitted Kamloops RCMP officer still awaiting internal conduct hearing

Cpl. Rick Brown.
September 15, 2015 - 4:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - It’s been nearly one year since his trial and five years since the event which took him to trial, yet Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Rick Brown has yet to have a conduct hearing from his employer.

Brown was acquitted on a breach of trust charge in October of last year. Despite his acquittal, he could still potentially face discipline from the RCMP. A spokesperson from the RCMP's E Division says a disciplinary hearing for Brown has not yet been scheduled.

On Aug. 18, 2010, Brown worked as a watch commander at the Battle Street detachment and watched a live video feed of two intoxicated women engage in various sex acts within the cell. Brown and three others were accused of breaching trust in their roles. Of the four, Brown was the only employee whose charges went to trial while charges were dropped against constables Evan Elgee and Stephen Zaharia, who now work in different detachments. David Tompkins, a jail guard employed by the city pleaded guilty and received a one-year conditional sentence.

When he acquitted Brown, Justice Selwyn Romilly accepted the accused's defence — that Brown observed those arrested and based on capacity of the cells was unable to separate them. Romilly also stated the accusations should have been dealt with internally instead of the criminal courts.

After the case concluded, Kamloops detachment Supt. Brad Mueller said the internal investigation of Brown would continue to determine if ‘administrative sanctions are warranted.’

It still remains unknown if and when Brown will return to work for the RCMP. Spokespeople from the Kamloops detachment declined comment. 

The names of the women involved in the incident are protected by court order. One has died since the event.

To read coverage of the trial, click here.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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