Ex-Nunavik cop turned nurse lied about sex charges

Tribunal orders three-year employment ban

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A man who served two years in jail after being convicted of a sexual assault on a minor in Nunavik won’t be able to head back to work as a nurse immediately, Quebec’s professional tribunal ruled in a decision handed down this past June.

The man, who cannot be identified under a publication ban, worked as a nurse and a police officer in Nunavik from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, the tribunal’s judgment says.

While working for the Kativik Regional Police Force, the man committed a sexual assault on a minor, for which he was found guilty in 2004, after he had moved from Nunavik.

But the man, by then working as a nurse in southern Quebec, did not tell his new employers about the conviction, which he appealed, as required by Quebec’s professional code.

The man also lied on other documents that asked him to state if he had been found guilty of crimes.

When he was required to begin serving his two-year jail sentence in 2005, he asked his employer for a leave of absence from his nursing job to “pursue studies.”

But his employer found out about the sexual assault conviction and two-year jail sentence, then fired the man and attempted to recover wages they had paid to him.

His employer said the man “deliberately” hid information.

“The real reason behind your absence was your incarceration and not your return to school,” the employer told him.

The disciplinary committee of the order of nurses ordered a three-year work suspension followed by 18 months of supervised employment.

The man continues to deny his guilt, saying the incident was a plot cooked up by a former colleague in the KRPF, according to the report of a psychiatrist who examined him, the tribunal’s judgment says.

In their decision, the three judges of the tribunal, which hears complaints from the 45 disciplinary committees of province’s professional orders, upheld the judgment of the disciplinary committee of Quebec’s order of nurses.

In 2009, this committee imposed a three-year suspension on the man during which he could not work as a nurse as well as an 18-month period of conditions after his return to work “to protect the public and allow him to prove that he deserves the confidence of his colleagues and the public.”

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