The court has not yet determined whether Dunlop should
be punished through jail time, a fine or an
On Nov. 14, an Ontario divisional court
found Dunlop guilty of the first contempt of
court charge for refusing to testify at the Cornwall
Public Inquiry in both September and October of
The commission had subpoenaed Dunlop because he
helped launch the police probe into sexual abuse
allegations in Cornwall and was considered a key
Dunlop disciplined for going to Children's Aid
His role in the investigation began in 1993, when he
overheard two police sergeants talking about $32,000
that the Catholic Church paid a former altar boy in
exchange for his agreement to drop a sexual abuse
complaint against a priest and a probation officer.
Dunlop handed the complaint to the Children's Aid
Society, which pursued the investigation, and Dunlop was
later disciplined for his actions.
The complaint came amid rumours that a pedophile ring
had been operating in the community, and eventually led
to a four-year Ontario Provincial Police investigation
called Project Truth, involving dozens of allegations of
sexual abuse in incidents dating back to the 1950s.
That operation resulted in charges against 15 people,
including some prominent members of the community, such
as priests and probation officers.
However, police found no evidence of an organized
pedophile ring and only a handful of men were convicted
in Project Truth or other related investigations.