Tim Shields speaks to reporters in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday April 9, 2010. (Photo: Darryl Dyck/CP)Shields' lawyer, David Butcher, offered a comment on behalf of his client, saying he is devastated by the charge and "absolutely denies" the allegations. "Mr. Shields has successfully passed a polygraph test taken by a reputable examiner who retired after a long career with the RCMP and who continues to conduct polygraph examinations for the force," Butcher said in an interview. "As the matter is now before the court we will not be making any further comment." Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, head of the RCMP in B.C., said the Mounties became aware of allegations of sexual misconduct against Shields in 2013, but there wasn't enough evidence at the time to proceed actively with the investigation. Callens said new information became available in 2014 and an investigation team was formed. Information from that investigation was reported to the Crown and resulted in the charge sworn Tuesday, he said in a statement.
Tim Shields speaks with media in Hythe, Alta., on January 9, 2010. (Photo: Jimmy Jeong/CP)"Charges of this nature against a police officer are disturbing and are even more so that it is alleged to have occurred in our headquarters," Callens said. "I would emphasize that the RCMP pursued this investigation as it would any serious criminal matter, regardless that the suspect was a senior police officer." Shields is also the subject of two separate civil lawsuits filed in B.C. Supreme Court in 2013 and 2014. Both legal actions accuse him of sexual harassment, including making inappropriate remarks and unwanted sexual advances, as well as exposing himself to both plaintiffs.
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