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Police Services Act hearing for OPP officer

Postby Thomas » Sat Oct 17, 2015 2:13 pm

There’s another Police Services Act hearing beginning Tuesday involving charges against a local police officer.

Northumberland OPP Constable James Orser has been charged with two counts of Discreditable Conduct.

The two-day hearing involves allegations of something improper being written on a provincial offences ticket back in 2008.

Another hearing is set for January regarding allegations that a compromising cellphone video was made of a person in 2011.

Orser is suspended from duty with pay.

Recently, there have been Discreditable Conduct hearings involving an unnamed Central Hastings OPP officer and Belleville police officer, Eric Shorey.

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OPP officer pleads guilty

Postby Thomas » Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:16 pm

One charge under the Police services Act, against a Northumberland Ontario Provincial Police officer has been dealt with today, another charge is still to be heard.

Northumberland OPP Constable James Orser has pleaded guilty to one count of Discreditable Conduct in that he “acted in a disorderly manner prejudicial to discipline.”

He will forfeit 80 days pay.

The charge specifies that “on or about April 8, 2006, Constable Orser issued a provincial offence notice to someone identified as “M.D.” writing words to the effect “Looking to (sic) good to drive a motor vehicle” contrary to section 69 of the Highway Traffic Act.

The charge also says Orser knew or ought to have reasonably known that his behaviour “was unprofessional and discreditable.”

Another hearing is set for Orser in January regarding allegations that a compromising cellphone video was made of a person in 2011.

Orser is suspended from duty with pay.

Recently, there have been Discreditable Conduct hearings involving an unnamed Central Hastings OPP officer and Belleville police officer, Eric Shorey.

http://www.quintenews.com/2015/10/opp-o ... lty/98859/
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Disciplinary hearing adjourned

Postby Thomas » Wed Jan 20, 2016 4:28 pm

A Police Act hearing involving a discreditable conduct charge against a Northumberland OPP officer has been postponed to a later date.

Constable James Orser was to be the subject of a hearing starting this Monday, but the matter has been adjourned until April 11th.

Constable Orser has been charged with Discreditable Conduct after an incident involving a compromising cell phone video made of a person.

The OPP will try to have Constable Orser dismissed.

Recently, Orser was docked 80 hours pay after pleading guilty to writing inappropriate comments on a ticket.

He is suspended from duty, with pay.

http://www.quintenews.com/2016/01/disci ... ed/105768/
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CONSTABLE PLEADS GUILTY TO DISCREDITABLE CONDUCT

Postby Thomas » Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:20 am

Northumberland OPP officer, Constable James Orser pleaded guilty Monday to Discreditable Conduct at a Police Services Act hearing in Orillia.

The charge stems from a compromising cellphone video Orser made in 2011 of a person and then shared with other OPP officers.

Sentencing submissions will be made May 2 and May 4.

Recently, Constable Orser was docked 80 hours hours pay after writing inappropriate comments on a ticket in 2008.

The OPP is moving to have Orser, who is suspended from duty, with pay, dismissed from the organization.

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Sex video cop loses bid to keep OPP job

Postby Thomas » Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:43 am

A Campbellford OPP officer lost his job for recording sex videos of his ex-girlfriend and showing the footage to fellow cops while on duty during the G8 summit in 2010, the Sun has learned.

Const. James Orser, who pleaded guilty in 2016 to a Police Services Act charge of discreditable conduct, appealed the penalty of dismissal but struck out as the Ontario Civilian Police Commission upheld his firing on Friday.

OPP Superintendent Greg Walton ordered the officer to quit or be fired within seven days, saying: “The seriousness of PC Orser’s misconduct is so significant and egregious I find it provides grounds for dismissal.”

The officer and AB, whose identity is protected, were lovers from February 2009 to June 2010 and she met several members of Orser’s Campbellford detachment, the decision stated.

Once while engaged in sexual conduct, Orser started recording on his cellphone. When she noticed, she covered her face, told him to stop recording and delete the footage.


Orser lied and told her he had deleted the file, the decision stated.

After the couple split up, Orser showed the 15-second explicit video to fellow officers while on duty, riding the bus to the G8 summit in Huntsville and later off duty.

“The misconduct is, in fact, sufficiently serious and egregious to justify dismissal,” Chris Diana, the OPP counsel, stated at the appeal before commission.

Orser also had another discreditable conduct conviction — which cost him 80 hours pay — for writing an attractive 20-year-old female motorist a ticket for “looking too good to drive a motor vehicle contrary to section 69 of Highway Traffic Act” in April 2006.

The woman repeatedly refused Orser’s bid for dates, “citing the large age gap between them and eventually she stopped responding to his text messages,” stated Diana.

“It was not a real ticket and (she knew it) was a joke, she was offended by it and felt Const. Orser crossed the line,” added Diana.

Orser blamed his misconduct on PTSD, which Walton rejected as a cause of his offences.

In April 2015, Orser was acquitted of sexually assaulting two teenaged girls in his Campbellford home in July 2010 as Justice Ted Minden found there were too many inconsistencies in the alleged victims’ accounts.

The complainants, 14 and 18 at the time, alleged Orser welcomed them to his home where they were plied with alcohol and invited into his hot tub before ending up in a bedroom where they were both sexually assaulted.

Orser denied either girl was at his house, although one girl had cellphone video from inside his home. He claimed he hadn’t met the 14-year-old before that night, but was familiar with the 18-year-old because he’d helped her deal with an abusive boyfriend.

Orser earned a Medal of Bravery for attempting to rescue three children from a blazing building in Campbellford on Oct. 27, 2006.

Neither he nor partner Bruce Thompson were able reach the children, two of whom died.

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Cop in sex video scandal to finally lose pay after six-year

Postby Thomas » Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:23 pm

Cop in sex video scandal to finally lose pay after six-year suspension?

A Campbellford OPP officer who lost his job for taking a cellphone sex video of his girlfriend without her consent and playing it for other officers could miss out on his first paycheque after being suspended for six years.

Starting Friday, Const. James Orser — who has been suspended with pay since June 2012 — could start losing salary a week after the Ontario Civilian Police Commission upheld his firing last Friday. OPP first-class officers start at $98,000 a year.

Last Friday, Orser lost his appeal and was ordered to either quit or be fired in seven days. Orser could possibly restart his suspension with pay status by appealing last week’s decision.

His veteran lawyer Harry Black, who was unavailable for comment, has 30 days to file an appeal.

Orser was first suspended with pay when he was charged with sexually assaulting two teenaged girls at his Campbellford home in July 2010.

In April 2015, Orser was acquitted of sexually assaulting the girls, then 18 and 14, as Justice Ted Minden found there were too many inconsistencies in the alleged victims’ accounts. Orser started as OPP Constable in January 2005.

Orser remained suspended with pay when he pleaded guilty in 2016 to Police Act charge of discreditable conduct in connection with the sex video. At that time, OPP Supt. Greg Walton ordered Orser to quit or be fired within seven days because “the seriousness of PC Orser’s misconduct . . . provides grounds for dismissal.”

OPP counsel Chris Diana demanded Orser lose his pay immediately even though the officer appealed the penalty.

Walton refused, enabling Orser to continue receiving a cheque until last Friday’s decision. Walton stated Orser’s PTSD, brought on by his police work, “is now a significant part of his life moving forward.” He earned a Medal of Bravery for attempting to rescue three children from a blazing building in Campbellford on Oct. 27, 2006.

Orser and his now former girlfriend were lovers from February 2009 to June 2010 and she met several members of Orser’s Campbellford detachment, said Walton.

Orser recorded him and his lover having sex on his cellphone and lied to her that he deleted it, the decision stated.

Later, Orser showed the 15-second explicit video to fellow cops while on duty, riding the bus to the G8 summit in Huntsville and later off duty in June 2010.

“Orser videotaped (the woman) while she was in a state of complete vulnerability, engaged in sexual intercourse. It is the violation of trust that makes this misconduct so eggregious,” stated Walton.

Orser also had another discreditable conduct conviction — which cost him 80 hours pay — for writing an attractive 20-year-old female motorist a ticket for “looking too good to drive a motor vehicle contrary to Section 69 of Highway Traffic Act” in April 2006.

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OPP officer who showed sex tape to colleagues unfit to wear

Postby Thomas » Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:09 am

OPP officer who showed sex tape to colleagues unfit to wear uniform

OPP officer James Orser was ordered to be dismissed over a sex video depicting his then girlfriend that Orser showed to colleagues. It was not the first instance in which Orser tarnished the reputation of the force, Rosie DiManno writes.

Let me state this bluntly: OPP officer James Orser is a bastard.

A creep.

A slimy, untrustworthy jerk with zero respect for women and for the policing profession, unfit to wear the uniform. As, indeed, a tribunal found two years ago, when ordering Orser to quit or be fired within seven days after the sentencing hearing which followed his guilty plea to discreditable conduct in connection with a sex video.

That video, as described in an agreed statement of facts, was shot some time between February 2009 and June 2010 when Orser was a constable in Campbellford. It depicts an intimate act between Orser and his then girlfriend, a woman (known only as A.B. in documents, her identity protected by a publication ban) who, through her own job, had regular contact with the OPP, including members from the Campbellford detachment.

Orser had turned on his phone while the couple were having sexual intercourse, without A.B.’s consent. When she noticed what he was doing, she immediately covered her face and told Orser to switch the damn thing off. Orser told her he had, but he hadn’t. A.B. asked him to delete the recording. He said he had, but he hadn’t.

In June of 2010, Orser was assigned to assist with policing the G8 summit in Huntsville. On the bus to Huntsville, he showed the 15-second video clip to another officer. He showed it again to a group of summit officers whilst socializing in off-hours.

Here’s how one of them recalled it to the tribunal: “Orser said, look at this, and pulled his phone out and had a video of him having sex with his girlfriend at the time … I recognized her … The camera is focused on her laying there, you could just see it from like a bit here and then up, from about thigh level, like from the thigh, laying on her back to the top of her … pointing it down so you could see part of his genitalia and her genitalia area … It was like a second before I turned away, a couple of seconds, holy cow, it was like, what the hell are you showing? I think he just whipped it out.”

Why would a man do such a thing? The answer — whether the couple had broken up, whether Orser was being boastful or simply malicious — is not to be found in the hundreds of pages which now constitute the judicial record.

But one of the tribunal exhibits was a written victim impact statement from A.B., explaining why she brought the matter to professional standards upon discovering Orser’s betrayal.

“He exploited me and not just to individuals I don’t know but my peers and other professionals that I worked with and saw often. This isn’t just an embarrassing experience that you get over. I feel shame, distrust and fear, among other emotions. It makes me stick to my stomach when I recollect the events. There are no words to explain how it feels when someone tells you that they have seen a video of you naked. He took something intimate and personal that is supposed to mean something in a relationship and made it into a complete joke; a bragging tool …

“This is not something that I will get over. This is something that will haunt me forever.”

As the hearing officer noted: “Only he knows why he made the recording, why he kept it and why he showed it on two occasions … If just once over that time frame, PC Orser was guided by what could be considered an average conscience, reasonably integrity, ethics or morality, he simply would have deleted the recording. It causes me to question if these characteristics are non-existent.

“This conduct goes well beyond a simple one-off mistake or error in judgment; rather it is consistent with a flaw in PC Orser’s character.”

“Reprehensible” was only one from a number of damning descriptors. It rendered Orser “useless” as a law enforcement officer, his potential testimony in court cases related to his job “untrustworthy,” his continuing presence on the force bringing policing into disrepute with the public and with his colleagues. How could he possibly not have grasped the repercussions?

But it was not the first instance where Orser had tarnished the shield with inappropriate conduct involving women he fancied.

In another incident, from 2008, Orser hounded the 20-year-old daughter of friends, a woman whose younger sister had babysat Orser’s daughter, repeatedly asking her to go on a date with him. She wasn’t interested — too much of an age gap, for one thing. One day, when “M.D.” pulled into a Campbellford bank parking lot, driving her father’s truck, Orser drove up alongside, blocking her vehicle. Asked if she was supposed to be driving the truck. M.D. joked that maybe she’d forgotten her driver’s licence. To which Orser replied: “Oh, well that’s a ticket right there.” And proceeded to write out a note: “Looking to (sic) good to drive a motor vehicle, contrary to Section ‘69’ of the Highway Traffic Act.”

Ha-ha. But … creepy.

When that resulted in a Police Act charge of discreditable conduct, Orser pleaded guilty (in 2015) and forfeited 80 hours’ pay.

From that hearing officer: “(I) find the exhibited behaviour of PC Orser goes beyond that of an ill-intended joke. It was unwanted, suggestive and repulsive. Others would have good reason to deem PC Orser’s behaviour as harassing in nature and it goes far below the expected professionalism of a police officer. I find the nature and seriousness of PC Orser’s misconduct troubling and an aggravating factor.”

A troubled man? Possibly. A deep delve into the second hearing documents show a sharp disagreement between psychiatric experts over whether Orser, during those years, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, brought on by the trauma of several on-the-job events: a high-risk takedown, a suicide call, a fatal vehicle collision and, most crucially, a house fire in which two children died. Orser and another officer were awarded a Medal of Bravery for twice trying to enter the blazing apartment in unsuccessful attempts to rescue the victims.

As well, in 2015, Orser was acquitted by a Superior Court judge on sex crime charges — two teenage girls who claimed he’d assaulted them at his home.

At the second tribunal hearing, Orser’s treating psychiatrist insisted the PTSD had a “causal” effect on the officer’s behaviour, leading to symptoms of aggression and hyper-arousal, which would account for him making and showing the sex video clip. “PTSD is written all over this,” she testified. But a forensic psychologist who reviewed the case for the tribunal testified that no causal link had been established; he was not satisfied that showing the cellphone video was specifically linked to Orser’s PTSD symptoms.

In any event, though the hearing adjudicator was dubious about the treating psychiatrist’s “tunnel vision,” he accepted that Orser has PTSD. He was “less than persuaded,” however, that PTSD had possibly played a role in Orser’s behaviour. That’s why he ordered the dismissal.

A week ago Friday, the Ontario Civilian Police Commission upheld Orser’s firing.

He has 30 days to file an appeal. Which would reinstate his pay in the interim.

Orser has been suspended with pay since 2012.

The creep.

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