Ottawa police officer pleads guilty to misconduct charges

The defense wants the officer docked at 160 hours pay. The prosecution wants him to be demoted to a lower grade for two years.

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An Ottawa police officer has pleaded guilty to misconduct charges for improperly accessing police databases and sharing information about a criminal case with an acquaintance.

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const. Troy Forgie, an officer with the Ottawa Police Service since 2005, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of insubordination, breach of trust and dishonorable conduct under the Police Services Act.

An agreed statement of facts revealed how Forgie became involved in a sexual assault case involving an acquaintance of his, referred to by the initials JF, whom Forgie previously communicated with on a social media app.

JF contacted Forgie in August 2020, asking for help in getting away from her then-boyfriend, alleging abuse. Forgie, who was off duty at the time, helped JF contact the police and give a statement. The ex-boyfriend was later charged.

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Several months later, in December 2020, JF again asked Forgie for help. She said she was frustrated with the system and was kept in the dark about the status of her ex-boyfriend’s case and whether there were any other charges against him in other other jurisdictions. She wanted to know if he was in custody. “Are you able to look it up,” she asked Forgie, “or can you get in trouble for it? It kills me because I’m scared.

Vanessa Stewart, the OPS prosecutor, pointed out that an officer with Forgie’s experience should have known that he was not authorized to access this information for personal reasons. But he did a search for the name of JF’s ex-boyfriend anyway.

“He is still in custody,” Forgie told JF

She asked what he was accused of. “I can’t tell you,” Forgie replied, “but offenses similar to yours.”

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The exchange could provide ammunition for a defense attorney, Stewart said.

In a statement, Forgie said he took full responsibility for what he did and explained his actions as those of a frustrated cop who saw the consequences of domestic violence and sought reassurance and relief. help a victim.

“Sometimes in policing it’s inevitable that your personal life will collide with the profession,” he said.

“I have been involved in numerous sexual assault and partner assault investigations. I have family members who have been victims of domestic assault and I have seen firsthand the long-lasting trauma it has inflicted on these women. I didn’t think my words would impact the case, but making him feel like I was on his side would give him strength.

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Forgie said he was aware of the frustration of contacting the OPS as a victim and trying to receive information about a case. He said he would like to engage more in victim advocacy, suggesting a dedicated 24-hour hotline for victims of crime to contact police seeking information related to their case.

Supt. Chris Renwick, the hearing officer, is expected to hear sentencing submissions on Thursday. The defense wants Forgie to receive 160 hours of pay. The prosecution wants him to be demoted to a lower grade for two years.

As a result of the charges against him, Forgie was suspended with pay from March 10, 2021 to February 8, 2022. According to Ontario’s Sunshine List, he earned $105,067.20 in 2021.

This isn’t the first time Forgie has faced a misconduct charge. In 2014, he pleaded guilty to one count of negligence of duty and one count of dishonorable conduct for falsifying a report in an attempt to obtain an informant.

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