Vancouver, B.C. (Sun News) – The wife of a sex-romping Mountie transferred to B.C. from Alberta after being demoted has spoken out, saying her husband was used as a scapegoat.
Janet Ray – the wife of disgraced Sgt. Donald Ray – on Tuesday sent a letter to various media outlets, Premier Christy Clark and RCMP officials – accusing the force of throwing him to the wolves once the media caught wind of his boozing and sexual misconduct at his Edmonton detachment.
Trying to explain her husband’s behaviour, Janet Ray asked for compassion and a chance at a fresh start for her family in B.C.
“The media has chosen to continue covering Don’s story like he’s the poster boy for bad behaviour in the RCMP,” her letter read. “And the Force certainly seems to be making an example of him.”
Don Ray was disciplined for using his RCMP office in Edmonton for boozing and sexual encounters with female subordinates over a two-year period. He also used an unmarked RCMP vehicle for sexual encounters.
The RCMP didn’t fire him, but demoted and transferred him to a Lower Mainland detachment after an investigation that wasn’t made public until May.
His transfer was the latest attempt at damage control for the RCMP, which has been plagued by misconduct complaints in recent months – everything from allegations of sexual harassment to an officer accused of stealing cocaine.
Janet Ray wrote that her husband was a success at work for many years, describing him as a hard-working and vibrant team player, and a loving dad and husband.
But that all changed when he developed post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from a UN policing tour in Sierra Leone, Africa.
She said to cope, her husband turned to alcohol.
“When the allegations of adulterous behaviour came to light in 2009, in my anger and in disbelief, I begged him to answer the question, ‘Who are you?’” she wrote. “I was shocked as the behaviour was so totally out of character, so totally against his values and moral fibre.”
However, he has since admitted his mistakes, apologized, quit drinking and is undergoing therapy, she said.
But Mike Webster, a clinical psychologist and former RCMP consultant for 30 years, questioned the PTSD claim.
“Fewer than 10% of people who are exposed to violent life-threatening events
develop serious post-traumatic responses,” Webster told QMI Agency. “He’s an irresponsible man.”
Webster called Janet Ray’s effort to explain her husband’s actions “very sad.”
“I feel sorry for her and her family. This is going to do nothing for the Ray family except subject them to do more ridicule.
“He was very fortunate to remain in the RCMP. It’s time for them to button it and just let this go away.”