RCMP Corporal accused in Kamloops jail cell sex scandal to stand trial next week

KAMLOOPS – A four-year-old case evolving from the Kamloops RCMP jail cell sex scandal will finally get underway in Supreme Court next week after pre-trial arguments wrapped Thursday morning.

Cpl. Kenneth Peter Rick Brown is the last of the four participants originally accused of failing to intervene on an August evening in 2010 when two female prisoners, one of whom claimed to be HIV positive, had sex in RCMP cells. Brown was the watch commander working on the night of the incident.

Aside from Brown, two other RCMP Constables Evan Elgee, Stephen Zaharia and a prison guard David Tompkins faced the same charge. The charges against Elgee and Zaharia were stayed. Tompkins pleaded guilty and received a one year probation sentence. 

Brown is currently on paid administrative leave.

His trial, which will no longer include a jury, will begin on Sept. 9.

-With files from the Canadian Press.

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