1999 CarswellNB 528

In 1999 CarswellNB 528, a 40-year-old police officer, Mr. R, was acquitted of sexual exploitation. Mr. R began a friendship with Mr. H, then 16 years old, when they were both patients at a psychiatric hospital. When Mr. R was discharged, he sent Mr. H letters, small gifts, and phoned him at the hospital. When Mr. H was discharged, they spent a weekend together and had sexual relations. Both parties claim it was consensual. The court found that although Mr. R was a police officer, he was not acting in a position of authority in this relationship and the decisions of Mr. H were never affected by his role in the police service. The appeal by the Crown was dismissed.


Criminal Offence(s): Sexual Exploitation