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NEWS: Nunavut January 22, 2013 - 3:51 pm

RCMP employee in Pangnirtung charged with sexually assaulting female prisoner

Cell guard, 19, has been fired from job


A 19-year-old Pangnirtung man who worked as a guard at the local RCMP detachment is accused of sexually assaulting a female prisoner who had been detained in a police holding cell.

Chief-Supt. Lindsey Brine, the commanding officer of the Nunavut RCMP, said in a news release that he has contacted the Ottawa Police Service to do an external review of the RCMP’s investigation into the matter.

“The highest priority in the RCMP’s temporary holding cells is the safety of all individuals,” Brine said in the news release.

Brine said RCMP guards are supposed to get regular training in the care and handling of prisoners.

“Despite the interviews, assessments and training, these measures aren’t always 100 per cent foolproof in determining the integrity of a person,” Brine said.

The guard, who had been hired for the job in June 2012, has since been fired, police said.

Jamie Qaqasiq, 19, faces one count of sexual assault under section 271 of the Criminal Code.

Until the matter is dealt with in court, he is released under the condition that he have no contact with the complainant.

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