Two cops ac­cused of rape

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Ber­trand Gos­selin Sher­brooke Court­house

On the night of Fe­bru­ary 5th, a group of po­lice of­fi­cers had a friendly gather­ing at the Liquor Store in Ma­gog. At one point dur­ing the evening, two mem­bers of the group be­gan speak­ing with a lo­cal young lady who hap­pened to be there. At first, the two fel­lows, who did not know her, in­tro­duced them­selves as be­ing con­struc­tion work­ers. Since the young lady did not show a par­tic­u­lar lik­ing for this type of work, they quickly changed the course of the con­ver­sa­tion, ad­mit­ting that they were cops. The 24 year-old of­fi­cer worked part time with the Mem­phrem­a­gog mu­nic­i­pal po­lice last sum­mer. He was about to or had re­cently joined the Sher­brooke po­lice, his 30 year-old friend’s em­ployer. Some­time in the evening, the young woman de­cided to leave the bar. The two of­fi­cers, whose names can­not be re­vealed for now, of­fered her a lift home to Merry street in Ma­gog. As of now, no one knows if she in­vited them up to her apart­ment but, at any rate, the two young men that she had, al­legedly, trusted as re­li­able, fol­lowed her into her home, and al­legedly jumped on her and raped her. Ac­cord­ing to her ver­sion to the po­lice, she tried to hide in her bath­room but the abusers found a way to open the door.

A few days af­ter the event, the young lady and her fa­ther went to the Que­bec po­lice to file a com­plaint against the two as­sailants. Since the rap­ing took place in Ma­gog, the Que­bec po­lice re­ferred the com­plainants back to the Mem­phrem­a­gog mu­nic­i­pal po­lice. But the com­plaint fi­nally came back to the Que­bec po­lice, since two mu­nic­i­pal po­lice­men were in­volved. A cou­ple of pro­vin­cial de­tec­tives were then as­signed to the case and sev­eral peo­ple, in­clud­ing the two cops con­cerned, were seen and ques­tioned about that evening’s ac­tiv­i­ties. The case it­self was put into the hands of a pros­e­cu­tor in Longueuil. While the com­plaint is go­ing for­ward, the Sher­brooke of­fi­cer has not been sus­pended but as­signed to cler­i­cal du­ties. The two are con­sid­ered in­no­cent un­til proven guilty.

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