Won't help sex-abuse inquiry, ex-officer says

Canadian Press

CORNWALL, ONT. — A former city policeman whose investigations sparked a widespread probe of alleged sexual abuse in the region wouldn't answer questions at the Cornwall Public Inquiry yesterday and said he's willing to go to jail rather than participate in a process in which he says he has no faith.

Perry Dunlop repeatedly refused to answer questions put to him by Peter Engelmann, lead commission counsel, at the start of hearings on the institutional response to allegations of sexual abuse in the area. He was later told that he could face contempt-of-court charges under the Public Inquiries Act.

"I would," Mr. Dunlop said, when asked if he was willing to go to jail.

Mr. Dunlop and his wife, Helen, both spent time in the witness box yesterday, although neither of them directly answered questions related to what is believed to be the central role they played in uncovering decades of child sexual abuse.

The couple entered the hearing room to the sound of applause and cheers from dozens of supporters who turned out to observe the proceedings. But commission counsel didn't get a chance to ask any questions of the couple as they immediately made it known they would not participate in the process.

Commissioner Normand Glaude asked the couple to reconsider their position and return this morning. Ms. Dunlop suggested she and her husband may not come back.

Mr. Dunlop was the first of the two to testify yesterday. He read from a prepared statement in which he suggested he has become the scapegoat in what he termed a "cover-up" and said he never had any intention of testifying before the commission.

"I have no faith in the Ontario criminal justice system or in the mandate of this inquiry," he said.

Mr. Dunlop repeatedly told the hearing he had "nothing to say" in response to Mr. Engelmann's questions, which included queries about his age and background. When asked why he felt he had been lied to, Mr. Dunlop told Mr. Engelmann he had been previously reassured that the inquiry could not compel him or his wife to testify.

Mr. Engelmann admitted he originally believed that to be the case, but recently learned the commission could go through the courts in British Columbia to issue an extra-provincial summons in order to bring the Dunlops to the inquiry.

When she entered the witness box, Ms. Dunlop also refused to answer questions, instead speaking about her lack of confidence in the process.

It was in 1993 when Mr. Dunlop first learned about allegations of child sexual abuse against a city priest.

Mr. Dunlop would later deliver the file, which had been closed by the Cornwall Police Service after a $32,000 payment to the alleged victim by the church, to the Children's Aid Society.

In the 14 years since Mr. Dunlop first found that file, the former officer and members of his family conducted numerous personal investigations, collected witness statements and testified in court proceedings. Ultimately, 15 people were charged with sexual crimes against children, but just one person was sent to jail.

During the inquiry, some witnesses have alleged that Mr. Dunlop embellished or even fabricated accounts of sexual abuse suffered at the hands of prominent citizens.

The inquiry resumes today.


Commentary in the Globe and Mail

  1. You (Ottawa Mens Centre.com, from Ottawa home of Canada's corrupt family court judges, Canada) wrote: Perry and Helen Dunlop deserve to get charges of contempt. Hopefully they listened to Commissioner Normand Glaude. There are a number of web sites around that have not been particularly kind to the commissioner Normand Glaud alleging remote connections with the Cornwall area that just don’t stand up to any careful reading. Commissioner Normand Glaude has a long track record that shows he will make legal decisions regardless of politics and to date, I’ve never heard any lawyer make any complaint. Back in 2001, Justice Richard Lajoie made an order that a father was a vexatious litigant, he also complained to the police that being called “an insult to justice” on a web site and having a protest in the street outside his courthouse demanding his resignation was “criminal defamation”. As a result, the father was arrested, remanded in jail, the OPP raided his home with a large fleet of police vehicles, confiscated his computer, his protest signs, numerous CD’s and the prisoners in the local jail were told he was one of these really dangerous people who do horrible things to children. At that time, Justice Norma Glaud was the Regional Senior Justice in charge of the North East Region of Ontario, in fact, supervising Justice Richard Lajoie. The father provided Justice Glaud with documentary proof that the orders were obtained by fraud. Justice Glaud personally heard a private prosecution and when a conflict arose withdrew himself. He immediately obtained an out of town justice of the peace who issued process. The local Timmins Crown promptly and repeatedly lost the file. Justice Glaud then arranged a hearing by local Judge Guy Mahaffy who heard previous charges against the father, dismissed them, and charged the mother with 5 criminal charges. Justice Glaud then obtained another judge from Windsor, Justice W.G. Beatty who threw out the order that the father was a vexatious litigant and ordered “an expedited trial of custody” continued - www.OttawaMensCentre.com
  1. You (Ottawa Mens Centre.com, from Ottawa home of Canada's corrupt family court judges, Canada) wrote: To end this post, several judges including Justice Norman Glaude went to great lengths to correct injustice and correct fraud at the expense of being politically incorrect. A lawyer in Kingston, Lesley Kendall of Cunningham Swan Carty Little & Bonham then personally fabricated an affidavit to obtain a “restraining order” when it was the mother who was violent and not the father. Lesley Kendall then gave her own fabricated evidence in front of Justice Denis Power that she was personally threatened by the father, while arguing for her client to obtain a restraining order to “end the litigation”, that is an indirect appeal. Justice Denis Power said “I can’t understand why the police laid the charges”, if he had read the pleadings he would have seen all the letters from Justice Norman Glaud, Justice Guy Mahaffy, Justice W.G. Beatty and understood these judges issued orders because of F R A U D. Justice Denis Power was outraged that anyone could obtain such an order. Justice Denis Power said “I can’t do anything about the order of Justice W.G. Beatty but I can issue a restraining order". Justice Denis Power of Ottawa did exactly that. He issued a “permanent” restraining order banishing the father from Kingston to “end the litigation” that was ordered by several judges in a row. Justice Denis Power ordered draconian costs that ended up at $20,000 which Lesley Kendal now says must be paid prior to any access that he client now has no object to but wont allow. Even Karla Holmoka only had conditions for one year after her release but if you are a father, you can be banished from a City and be barred from litigating for life simply due to fabricated evidence by a very corrupt lawyer called Lesley Kendall of Cunningham Swan Carty Little & Bonham in Kingston Ontario. www.OttawaMensCentre.com 613-797-3237