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B.C. RCMP Sgt. accused of sexual harassment resigns

A B.C. RCMP sergeant accused of multiple acts of sexual harassment has left the police force.

Lower Mainland Staff Sgt. Bari Emam was facing a second hearing over complaints made about him by six different women.

However, the RCMP Conduct Board says Sgt. Emam will not face a second hearing as he is no longer a member of the RCMP.

While the RCMP Conduct Board hasn't disclosed in what manner Sgt. Emam left the police force, it's assumed he resigned.

Sgt. Emam had been accused by multiple women of inappropriate behaviour dating back to 2011.

The staff sergeant worked in the Lower Mainland as a member of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

In 2017 an investigation began after a civilian member of the RCMP contacted the internal RCMP harassment unit about Sgt. Emam's behaviour.

The investigation led to six allegations, from six women, which were taken to the RCMP Conduct Board for a hearing.

In one allegation Sgt. Emam stood accused of seeking a romantic relationship with a subordinate in 2016 and 2017.

Other allegations said he'd inappropriately kissed the cheek and hugged a civilian staff member and a detective constable said Sgt. Emam had done the same thing to her.

Sgt. Emam also faced an allegation from a detective corporal who accused Emam of kissing her on the lips and hugging her.

Another civilian staff member said in 2014 the sergeant had inappropriately squeezed her arm, while a constable said he'd made inappropriate comments to her in 2011.

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Following the investigation Sgt. Emam was taken to the RCMP Conduct Board bypassing internal RCMP human resources procedures.

However, the Conduct Board adjudicator stayed the proceedings saying the internal RCMP human resources procedures should have been followed first.

In August 2021 Sgt. Emam's superiors appealed the decision and won, ordering Sgt. Emam to face the allegations at a second hearing.

However, sometime after this, Sgt. Emam left the RCMP.

The RCMP Conduct Board did not respond to our request when asked for details about how and when the now-former sergeant left the police force.

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