He had many friends on the force and was active
in the community.
That changed in the fall of
1993, when her husband came home one afternoon
and said he'd just received information that
would change their lives.
He had obtained a copy of a complaint made by
a former altar boy that charged a Cornwall
priest, Charles MacDonald, had sexually
assaulted him. The complainant also implicated a
He was told that the complaint "was being
handled," Mr. Dunlop told his wife.
The report "sickened me," Mrs. Dunlop said,
adding that she had many nephews and nieces at
Father MacDonald's church.
He had married the couple and baptised their
Then they learned the diocese had paid the
complainant $32,000 to drop his complaint, and
the Cornwall force closed the case.
That's when Mr. Dunlop talked to his
superiors, attempting to get the case
investigated, she said.
He went to the police chief and the Crown
attorney and was told to forget about it, and
that pursuing the issue would bring him nothing
but grief, she said.
Then he turned the file over to the director
of Cornwall's Children's Aid Society, as he felt
he was bound by law to do, Mrs. Dunlop said.
Shortly thereafter, he was charged with
breach of confidence and discreditable conduct
under the Ontario Police Services Act for
passing on the file. He was also suspected of
turning a copy over to the Ottawa television
station that revealed the story.
The charges were dismissed and an appeal of
the motion to dismiss was rejected by the
Tuesday, Mrs. Dunlop denied that either she
or her husband gave the file to the TV station.
These were the first of a series of charges
brought against the officer, all of which were
At the same time, fellow officers began
treating Mr. Dunlop like a pariah, one telling
him, "Why don't you just take your revolver and
and blow your head off," Mrs. Dunlop testified.
By January 1994, the pressure had become too
much for her husband, she said. He left for work
one day and "came back in 10 minutes, crying,"
because no one on the force was talking to him.
That's when he began almost three years of
In June 1994, Mr. Dunlop suffered a mental
collapse and Mrs. Dunlop drove him to Ottawa for
emergency help at the then-Royal Ottawa Hospital
where he saw a psychiatrist who treated him
until the family left Cornwall in 2000.
With treatment and medication, she told
inquiry Commissioner Normand Glaude, Mr. Dunlop
improved, although he had good and bad days.
Investigations by several police forces of
Mr. Dunlop's assertion that a high-level
pedophile ring was operating in the city found
Finally, the Ontario Provincial Police's
Project Truth charged 15 people with sexual
crimes against youngsters. Just one person was
jailed. Several suspects died before their cases
were tried, others were acquitted and some had
charges withdrawn or stayed.
One suspect, a probation officer, committed
suicide in the fall of 1993.
Mrs. Dunlop continues her testimony Tuesday.
The inquiry is probing the institutional
response to reports of systemic child sexual
abuse in the Cornwall area. It is expected to
continue into next year.