A story published by SaultOnline.com on August 5th pertaining to a Sault Ste. Marie OPP Officer being charged with Neglect of Duty is false says OPP Chief Superintendent
Regional Commander of the North East Region.
“The article alleges that the officer was “charged with neglect of duty under the Police Services Act.” It further states that court documents were provided as the basis of the article. It is my understanding the investigative report was provided to your reporter by the lawyer of the public complainant.” said Carson Pardy, North East Region.
“A public complaint was laid when PC Van Den Diepstraten entered a residence in an attempt to serve a subpoena to a witness with respect to criminal offences. An investigation was commenced into the public complaint allegation of Neglect of Duty pursuant to Section 2(1)(c) O/Reg. 268/10 of the Police Services Act.” Pardy wrote in an email to SaultOnline.com, “the matter has not yet been concluded however no PSA charge was laid, nor was there a hearing under the PSA. There was no court hearing and no court documents.”
Pardy said, “As a result, the officer and his family has received significant negative response from the community which has had an impact on his personal and professional life.”
SaultOnline.com believed the documents provided by the complainant’s lawyer, Davin Charney, to our newsroom was in fact court documents provided by the OPP. They were not and we erred in the publication of the article.