Yet this was the scene at the Dunlop home,
minutes before he was taken away in an RCMP
"Hero," went the cry.
Mr. Dunlop is the former Cornwall police
officer who began investigating allegations of
sexual abuse in Cornwall in the early 1990s.
It wasn't long before the original premise
grew to shocking proportions: a ring or clan of
pedophiles that reached into the city's highest
corners -- priests, a bishop, a Crown attorney,
lawyers, probation officers, possibly senior
Because so many powerful people were
involved, went the theory, the original
investigation was blocked, forcing Mr. Dunlop to
circle around his own police force. He was the
whistleblower extraordinaire, unafraid to put
his career on the line to protect abused
He is, clearly, a key witness in the inquiry,
which began in February 2006.
There is so much water under the bridge on
this issue, it is easy to lose track of what's
But consider this. Mr. Dunlop's role in the
case, however well intended, has contributed to
a breathtaking expenditure of public resources
-- time and money -- not to mention the stain on
an entire community.
And Mr. Dunlop doesn't want to talk about it?
Briefly, there were two Cornwall police
investigations in 1993, an Ontario Provincial
Police probe in 1994 and, finally, the launching
of Project Truth in 1997. It spared nothing: The
allegations of 69 complainants were
investigated, leading to 672 interviews.
Four years later, the OPP were satisfied
there was no pedophile ring in the city, but
laid 115 charges against 15 individuals. There
was but one conviction.
We still weren't done. Not by many millions.
The commission of inquiry, headed by Justice
Normand Glaude, began hearings into the whole
mess two years ago.
Before it wraps up later this year, it will
have sat more than 200 days and spent in excess
of $15 million. This is not child's play. It is
serious business, with hard-won reputations at
At least one of the witnesses -- an original
complainant -- has testified he never saw
evidence of a pedophile ring, contrary to an
earlier written statement. Those named in the
statement? Nah, never saw them. The statement
itself? Didn't even read it, he testified.
He claimed he was pressured into making the
statements by one Perry Dunlop. Nor was he the
only witness to retract outlandish allegations.
"I did anything (Mr. Dunlop) told me to do,"
said one alleged victim.
Cornwall columnist Claude McIntosh has gone
so far as to label the pedophile ring story a