Hal­i­fax po­lice of­fi­cer pleads guilty to as­sault charge

The Chronicle Herald (Provincial) - - NEWS - STEVE BRUCE sbruce@her­ald.ca @Steve_Courts

A Hal­i­fax Re­gional Po­lice of­fi­cer has pleaded guilty to as­sault­ing a woman at her home in Ham­monds Plains in Septem­ber.

Det. Const. Joseph Far­row, 51, en­tered the plea Thurs­day in Hal­i­fax provin­cial court.

He will be sen­tenced in April, af­ter a pre­sen­tence re­port re­quested by the de­fence is pre­pared for the court.

Far­row, a 23-year mem­ber of the po­lice force, was ar­rested Sept. 18 af­ter a woman came home to dis­cover an un­wanted per­son in her res­i­dence. He was off-duty at the time.

Far­row was orig­i­nally charged with sex­ual as­sault for al­legedly in­ap­pro­pri­ately touch­ing the woman, but Crown at­tor­ney Pe­ter Dostal amended the charge to com­mon as­sault Thurs­day.

A charge of un­law­fully en­ter­ing the house was with­drawn.

The prov­ince's Se­ri­ous In­ci­dent Re­sponse Team in­ves­ti­gated the case and laid the charges. In a Sept. 19 news re­lease, SIRT said Far­row and the com­plainant knew each other.

There's a pub­li­ca­tion ban on the iden­tity of the vic­tim.

Far­row was not in­jured in the in­ci­dent but was taken to hospi­tal the next morn­ing while still in cus­tody and was ad­mit­ted for ob­ser­va­tion.

He was ar­raigned in his hospi­tal bed later that day and re­leased on a $500 re­cog­ni­zance, with con­di­tions re­quir­ing him to have no con­tact with the com­plainant or mem­bers of her fam­ily and stay away from her res­i­dence.

Far­row is pro­hib­ited from hav­ing any weapons and from pos­sess­ing or con­sum­ing al­co­hol or drugs. He must re­port to re­gional po­lice in per­son or by phone every Mon­day and Fri­day.

The de­tec­tive re­mains sus­pended with pay. He was ac­com­pa­nied to court Thurs­day by Sgt. Dean Stien­burg, pres­i­dent of the Hal­i­fax Re­gional Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion, which rep­re­sents of­fi­cers.

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