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'Jail sex video' trial delivers not guilty decision for Kenneth Brown

10/09/2014 01:56 EDT | Updated 12/09/2014 05:59 EST
Cpl. Kenneth Brown, a Mountie charged with breach of trust after allegedly inviting other officers to watch two drunk female prisoners having sex in a cell, has been found not guilty.

The officer was in charge of the Kamloops, B.C., detachment the night of the 2010 incident and was the only officer to stand trial.

The Crown argued that Brown had a duty to stop the women, instead of objectifying them. It was alleged he encouraged his colleagues to watch the women via a video feed from the cell they were being held in.

Both women had been arrested for public intoxication. They were later released from custody with no charges. One of the women later claimed to be a prostitute and said she was HIV positive, the Crown said. 

In court in Kamloops Thursday, the judge said the Crown failed to prove Brown's conduct was so far below acceptable standards that it constituted an abuse of the public's trust.

Last year, jail guard David Tompkins received one year of probation after he pleaded guilty to breach of trust in the case. Charges were also laid, but later stayed, against two other officers.

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