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.
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.
Shields: sexual banter was consensualShields filed court documents denying the allegations and said any sexual banter that occurred was consensual. He also said that at no point did he act with any negligence, malice or dishonesty. Shields was suspended with pay in May last year and he submitted his discharge documents in December, said Callens. The Mounties said at the time that his suspension was due to a code-of-conduct investigation. Shields appeared in Vancouver provincial court on Tuesday and is scheduled to return June 27 for an arraignment hearing, at which point his lawyer hopes to set a trial date. The sexual-assault charge against Shields comes after a series of unrelated allegations against the RCMP about a culture of bullying and sexual abuse. About 450 female officers and civilian employees are taking part in a proposed class-action lawsuit against the force alleging systemic sexual harassment and gender discrimination within the RCMP.
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