Man to ap­peal ha­rass­ment con­vic­tion

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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.

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