Cop faces rape charges against three women

By Rachel Punch, QMI Agency

Last Updated: November 29, 2010 11:00pm

SUDBURY, Ont. A Greater Sudbury Police officer raped a woman while his German shepherd sat next to them in the man's bedroom in November 1992, court heard Monday.

Sgt. Robert Geick has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault. His trial is expected to last two weeks.

The trial is one of three Geick is scheduled to have related to alleged sex attacks against three women.

Geick was first charged with sexual assault in August 2006 for an offence that allegedly occurred in December 2004, involving a 24-year-old woman.

His second sexual assault charge, for which he is currently on trial, came in February 2007.

In April 2007, Geick was charged for a third time with sexual assault for an attack that allegedly happened in the mid-'90s.

Geick has been suspended with pay from his position in the canine unit since early 2006.

The woman involved in the current trial, who is now 37, testified Monday that she had met Geick at Norma Jean's bar in London, Ont., on a November evening in 1992, along with her female friend and another Sudbury cop.

She said Geick offered her a ride home, and her friend took a ride home with the other police officer.

"I was uncomfortable because I never met him before," the woman testified.

She said Geick asked if he could stop by his home to pick up a few of his belongings before taking her to her home in Minnow Lake, Ont.

Geick then drove her to his home and asked her to come inside, because it wasn't going to take too long to get his belongings.

"I said no, but he convinced me to go in," she said.

He took her to a basement rec room and offered her beer, she said. He also introduced her to his German shepherd.

He then took her by the wrist and walked her towards his basement bedroom, she said.

"I just wanted to go home and I was nervous about what might be going to happen."

She said Geick left the room briefly, and she used that opportunity to call her then-boyfriend to pick her up. But the boyfriend's brother answered the phone, refused to wake the boyfriend up, and hung up on her, she said.

Geick came into the bedroom and began unbuttoning her sweater, she said. She asked him several times to bring her home.

"He said 'I can see you are going to be difficult,'" she said.

He raped her while his dog sat next to the bed, she said, wiping tears from her eyes. She said the dog was sitting near her right shoulder and that the animal made her "very scared."

She said at the time, she only told her boyfriend and the friend she was with that night about what happened. She said she didn't report it right away because she was drinking underage at a bar, and he was a police officer. She said she didn't think anyone would believe her.

She came forward after she read newspaper stories in 2006 about Geick being charged with sexually assaulting another woman.

Geick's lawyer, Berk Keaney, questioned the woman about her age at the time, the timeline of the events, driving routes, the dog's demeanour and size, and her relationship with the other police officer who was there that night.

He also asked several questions about the location of the house where the alleged assault took place.

The trial continues.

Geick's other trials are scheduled to begin on Feb. 14 and May 9.

rpunch@thesudburystar.com

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