The commissioner and counsel told Perry Dunlop and his wife Helen on Monday that they have one night to think about the consequences of not testifying at the Cornwall Public Inquiry and that they may be charged with contempt of court if they continue to refuse.
Dunlop received a standing ovation Monday when he took the stand as required by a subpoena that ordered both him and his wife to appear.
He then told the packed hearing room that he was coerced into coming to Cornwall to testify, has no faith in the Ontario justice system, and believes the coverup of the alleged sexual abuse continues.
Commissioner Normand Glaude adjourned the hearing after Dunlop refused to say more. The hearing resumed shortly, so Glaude and the commission's lead counsel, Peter Engelmann, could inform Dunlop and his wife of the possible consequences of their actions.
Dunlop disobeyed his superiors in order to uncover the truth about allegations that prominent members of the community in Cornwall had sexually abused dozens of children in eastern Ontario.