Today the province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) laid new charges against Cst. Chris Mosher, 30, of the Halifax Regional Police.
Cst. Mosher has been charged with two counts of breaching his court undertaking by drinking outside of his residence and in the presence of a woman who is not a family member. The charges relate to matters alleged to have occurred in Lunenburg on the night of August 22, 2013. He was arrested by a SiRT investigator earlier today when he appeared voluntarily for that purpose. He was released on conditions to appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court on October 23, 2013, at 9:30 a.m.
SiRT commenced an investigation into the matter in late August, as a result of information received from a member of the public. Ron MacDonald, the independent Director of SiRT, is responsible for all decisions on charges and the laying of a charge.
Cst. Mosher was charged on February 6, 2013, with sexual assault and administering a noxious thing with intent to aggrieve, arising out of matters from November 2 and 3rd, 2012. He is set to return to Provincial Court in Dartmouth on June 17, 2014 for a preliminary inquiry.
SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald.
The team can independently launch an investigation, or begin one after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public.
A public report summarizing the results of the investigation must be filed within three months after it is finished.
From Halifax Police:
Officer Suspended Without Pay
The Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) today informed Halifax Regional Police that additional criminal code charges were laid against Constable Chris Mosher.
Cst. Mosher had previously been suspended with pay as a result of charges brought forth by SiRT in February 2013. Based on new charges being laid against Cst. Mosher today, HRP management made the decision to continue his suspension, but without pay and benefits.
“It is my expectation that all officers and employees adhere to the same standards they accepted when they first joined our organization to ensure the utmost in professionalism,” said Chief Jean-Michel Blais. “I also feel it is important to acknowledge that the actions of one individual in our organization are not representative of the actions of the overall vast majority of officers and employees who serve the community with pride and professionalism.”