Officer charged with perjury over testimony in forgery trial
A longtime member of the Edmonton Police Service has been charged with perjury for allegedly lying under oath during his criminal trial over forged traffic tickets.
Cst. Lauren Skibinsky was found not guilty on three charges, including forgery, after a trial in January, police said Friday.
The officer was accused of altering traffic tickets in May 2017.
EPS began its own internal investigation after Skibinsky was cleared. Investigators allegedly found evidence the constable lied under oath while giving testimony at his trial.
The officer, who has been with EPS for 18 years, has been relieved of duty without pay pending the outcome of the new court proceedings.
City police referred the case to Calgary prosecutors on June 18, and they recommended Skibinsky be charged with perjury on July 6.
The professional standards branch first got the complaint over traffic tickets on Oct. 24, 2017.
The complainant accused the constable of altering tickets by changing the court date after they had already been handed over to the court for processing. EPS began a formal investigation Nov. 7, 2017.
Police say they won't be releasing any further information because the matter has been referred to the courts.