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Craig Ruthowsky, Hamilton cop arrested in gang bust, facing more charges

07/09/2015 12:47 EDT | Updated 07/09/2016 05:59 EDT
A Hamilton Police Services officer arrested in a Toronto Police gang bust in June is facing additional charges of bribery and attempt to obstruct justice.

Craig Ruthowsky, 41, appeared in Superior Court in Toronto Thursday, attempting to reverse a decision from a month earlier that denied him bail. The former guns and gangs squad officer was originally arrested on charges related to allegations of cocaine trafficking and aiding a gang. 

Crown counsel John Pollard confirmed the additional charges against Ruthowsky. The charges were laid after his original arrest on June 4. It's not clear when the incidents that led to the new charges being laid are alleged to have happened.

He is currently in custody and is now facing the following six charges:

- Bribery

- Obstruct justice

- Breach of trust

- Conspiracy to commit an indictable (traffic cocaine)

- Participate in activities of a criminal organization

- Commission of an indictable offence for a criminal organization

Ruthowsky's wife Christine Ruthowsky — who is herself a long serving member of the Hamilton Police Service — was in the Toronto court Thursday with family but declined to comment.

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Toronto criminal defense lawyer Greg Lafontaine, who has also been retained by Ruthowsky, joined Ruthowsky's lawyer, Bernard Cummins, Thursday.

The details of Ruthowsky's bail review, and the two-day initial bail hearing from June 8 to 9, are under a publication ban. 

Ruthowsky was arrested when Toronto Police executed 50 search warrants across the GTHA. The series of coordinated dawn arrests on June 4 gather up 45 individuals who were facing a combined 379 charges. 

The year-and-a-half long investigation, called Project Pharaoh, focused on a Toronto gang, the Monstarz, which operates primarily in northwestern Toronto, according to police.

Ruthowsky is a 17-year veteran of the police service, has been suspended with pay since June 2012 because of unrelated, but similar, charges laid under the Ontario Police Act.

The blended bail hearing and bail review procedures, addressing both the new charges and the earlier decision, is set to resume Thursday afternoon.

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