Ottawa cop charged with sexual assault pleads guilty to breach of trust

Ottawa policeman charged with sexual assault pleads guilty to breach of trust

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">Sundeep Singh eventually pleaded guilty to a charge of breach of trust, and resigned from the Ottawa Police Service (files).

The former Ottawa police officer who resigned and pleaded guilty to a breach of trust charge last week had sex with a distressed 19-year-old woman while x27;he was in service. The facts happened both in her patrol vehicle, in her apartment and in the hospital, the same night she found herself in her charge, according to court records.

< p class="e-p">On Friday, Sundeep Singh pleaded guilty to the charge of breach of trust, and a sexual assault charge was dropped. He also tendered his resignation from the Ottawa Police Service (OPS), which was accepted and processed immediately, the service announced the same day.

According to the agreed statement of facts filed in court, Mr Singh was one of four officers dispatched to the 19-year-old after she left party drunk and walked home in early February 2021, not properly dressed for the cold.

After she lost feeling in her feet and started having thoughts of self-harm, she called a helpline she knew well, who then called the police for help, according to the report. statement.

Mr. Singh, who worked from midnight to 8 a.m., was the first police officer to arrive on the scene in a company vehicle. Officers determined she was not suicidal, but needed medical help for potential frostbite and hypothermia.

The 19-year-old waited for the ambulance to arrive in Mr. Singh's patrol vehicle, and their interaction was professional and courteous, the statement said.

Paramedics arrived, transferred her to an ambulance and took her to the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital. None of the officers went with her, none were assigned to follow her, and all were ordered to release the call so they could be available to assist. x27;other assignments, the statement read.

The teenager was treated at the hospital, but the attending physician did not wanted to let her go. She left the facility anyway, was chased by hospital staff, and returned against her will. After being allowed to leave, she refused the taxi offered by the hospital and decided to walk home.

Sundeep Singh communicated with the girl on her cell phone shortly after she left and, surprised to learn she was not in hospital, asked her where she was. found. She wrote back, and around 4:15 a.m., he picked her up and offered to drive her home, which she accepted.

While he was driving […], they discussed his mental health issues and relationship history, the statement read. They wanted to keep talking when they arrived, so Mr. Singh pulled into a nearby parking lot.

Their conversation became more personal and flirtatious. She suggested Singh move out of the front seat and sit in the back seat with her, but he refused, the statement read.

He asked her if she had any pictures or videos of her that he could see, and she showed him nude pictures on her phone. He added his contact details to his phone with a capital S in place of his name, again according to the statement.

Mr. Singh then touched her sexually through an opening in the perspex bulkhead of the backseat, and they stayed there for half an hour before he drove to his home, the #x27;accompanies her to her door and leaves, according to the official statement.

The young woman then realized that she had left her phone in Singh's vehicle. As she was getting ready to go to bed, she overheard someone talking to her roommate and went out to find Constable Singh, who had returned with his phone.

She invited him to her bedroom, where they had sex, according to the statement. Agent Singh left soon after, around 5:45 a.m.

Resignation of an Ottawa police officer charged with sexual assault

Sundeep Singh was suspended with pay from February 2021 until his resignation last Friday.

Ontario police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), laid charges against Singh in October 2021 after receiving a sexual assault allegation on February 9, 2021.

According to Ottawa Police Services Board documents, Singh was one of the officers hired in the rookie class of 14 at the force in December 2017.

The OPS said it intended to bring its own disciplinary charges and terminate Singh's employment at a hearing under the Police Services Act, but that those charges had now been mooted with the resignation of Sundeep Singh.

With the information from e Michelle Allan and Shaamini Yogaretnam, CBC News

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