Retired Kingston cop charged with sex crimes


By Steph Crosier

Kingston Whig-Standard

Thursday, July 23, 2015


Retired Const. Jim Lindsay, pictured during a 2012 bomb threat at the Frontenac County Court house during the Shafia family murder trial. (Ian MacAlpine/Whig-Standard file photo)

A former Kingston Police officer has been charged by the Special Investigations Unit with nine different sex crimes allegedly committed against a young person in the 1980's.

Const. Bruce (Jim) Lindsay was charged by SIU with two counts of gross indecency, three counts of sexual assault, one count of invitation sexual touching, one count of indecent act and two counts of sexual exploitation.

"Due to an ongoing SIU investigation Kingston Police cannot comment in relation to the criminal charges laid by SIU in relation to a retired officer," Const. Steve Koopman, media relations for the Kingston Police, said to the Whig-Standard in an email. 

A release from SIU states the Kingston Police Force contacted the arm's length agency on Dec. 8, 2014, after complaints of a sexual nature. Tony Loparco, director of SIU, conducted the investigation.

"As the origin of the complaints would fall under the investigative umbrella of the SIU we cannot comment," Koopman said.

Lindsay, who was with KPF for 33 years, is required to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston on Sept. 3, 2015.

Previous Whig-Standard stories report, Lindsay was recently honoured at the 2015 Annual Kingston Police Awards Ceremony on April 9 after officially retiring on Dec. 31, 2014. Lindsay started with KPF in January 1981 and served in many areas of the force, including traffic, motorcycle officer, foot patrol and court security. In 2006, Lindsay was a proponent of the six-month Kingston Police satellite-office pilot-project in the north end, and was a motor-vehicle collision accident reconstructionist. He was the main court officer from October 2011 to January 2012 for the Shafia murder trial. 

Koopman said Lindsay retained the rank of constable for his entire career.

-With files from Ian MacAlpine and Postmedia Network