Ryan Ross, Charlottetown, P.E.I. (The Guardian) – Another Island RCMP officer is facing the wrong side of the legal system after he was charged with assault last month.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Ken Paul Spenceley, who has served with the RCMP for about 24 years, was also charged with breaching an undertaking.
Deputy police Chief Gary McGuigan said Spenceley was off duty on May 23 when he assaulted a man at a Charlottetown residence.
The second incident was two days later when Spenceley violated an undertaken by breaching one of the conditions for his release, McGuigan said.
“We’re not identifying the victim, but the victim was known to him.”
Spenceley is scheduled to appear in court July 23 to enter pleas on the charges.
McGuigan said although Spenceley is a police officer, Charlottetown police are treating the case like any other.
“There is no special treatment,” he said.
RCMP Sgt. Andrew Blackadar said he didn’t have much information about the investigation because it’s a city police matter.
“In fact they called us to tell us it had been done,” he said.
Spenceley has been placed on administrative duty and the RCMP have launched an internal disciplinary investigation, Blackadar said, although Spenceley was not a front-line officer prior to the alleged incident.
“Until this allegation he would have been available for operational calls, but at this point it just means he’ll be doing administrative duties,” Blackadar said.
As for how long the disciplinary investigation will take, Blackadar couldn’t say because the process has just begun and it will depend on when an adjudication panel can deal with it.
“It could take six months or more to get this done,” he said.
Montague RCMP Const. Darren Doucette is also dealing with an internal investigation after he was charged and convicted of assault and unlawful confinement.
Doucette appealed his conviction and appeared in court Thursday.