Man to appeal harassment conviction
An Alexandria man says he will appeal his conviction on a criminal harassment charge that was laid in 2013 while he was living in Cornwall.
At the same time, Jarrett Quesnel continues to prepare to present police discrimination allegations in front of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.
The 57-year-old businessman is scheduled to be sentenced November 24 after he was found guilty of criminal harassment by Justice Gilles Renaud August 23 in Cornwall court. Mr. Quesnel, who sells “novelties” at a Main Street store, was charged with harassment in February, 2013.
Evidence showed that the defendant continued to try to contact via social media his former common-law spouse, Jason Quesnel, and his family after they had broken up. Jarrett Quesnel insisted he did not know how to use a computer. Jarrett Quesnel’s tenant, Jeff Snider, said he had tried to contact Jason Quesnel through Facebook but stopped when told to do so.
Although the judge rejected Jarrett Quesnel’s testimony, he maintains that he has enough evidence to overturn the guilty verdict.
Meanwhile, Mr. Quesnel has filed complaints with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (OHRT) against the StormontDundas- Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment and the Cornwall Community Police Service.
He claims that police ignored his complaints that he was also a victim of harassment. In his submission to the tribunal, Mr. Quesnel contends he was discriminated against on the basis of his age and sexual orientation because no charges were laid against a man who was allegedly hounding him after he moved to Alexandria in April, 2014.
Mr. Quesnel had earlier filed a complaint with the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) against the OPP.
Renée Jordan of the OIPRD’s Case Management Department concluded that while the complaint “on the surface, may show some incivility,” it “does not indicate misconduct that requires investigation because it would not be able to establish, on reasonable grounds, that misconduct occurred,” and that “carrying out such an investigation would not be in the public interest.” Mr. Quesnel has claimed the OPP failed to charge a man and members of his tormentor’s family with harassment following a series of incidents in Alexandria in April, 2014.
While the OPP did not charge the alleged offender, Mr. Quesnel succeeded in securing a peace bond himself against the man, who he said was stalking and threatening him.