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Perry Dunlop jailed until March 05
Ex-cop Dunlop says he doesn't have the heart to face grilling at sex abuse inquiry
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Canadian Press: Gregory Bonnell, THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO - After steadfastly condemning a public inquiry largely of his own making, Perry Dunlop presented himself Wednesday as a proud but emotionally fragile man without the heart to face a roomful of lawyers probing allegations of systemic sexual abuse in eastern Ontario.
It was 1993 when Dunlop, a former police officer, first made his explosive allegations of a pedophile ring operating in the city of Cornwall, Ont., south of Ottawa. Police investigations have since failed to uncover any evidence to support his claims. Dunlop, now convicted of contempt of court, faces the prospect of six months in jail for his steadfast refusal to testify at a public inquiry now probing how authorities in the community responded to the allegations he first made some 15 years ago. He insisted Wednesday he's not about to change his mind.
"I will never walk into that public inquiry," Dunlop told a courtroom packed with some two dozen supporters, who stood and cheered him when he was ushered in by a trio of police officers, handcuffs on his wrists. "I felt from day one they were out to get Perry Dunlop," he said, having chosen to represent himself in court rather than speak through a lawyer. "They were out to crucify Perry Dunlop."
His off-hours investigation in 1993 of an alleged pedophile ring - clergy, politicians and business leaders were accused of bizarre sexual rituals with young boys - prompted a provincial police probe dubbed Project Truth. The investigation resulted in just one conviction.
On Wednesday, the two Divisional Court judges hearing the contempt case reserved their decision on Dunlop's sentence until March 5, and ordered him to remain in custody until then. They must also decide if Dunlop's refusal to obey a further court order to testify before the commission constitutes criminal contempt.
In a 40-minute submission to the court, Dunlop spoke of 15 years of harassment and death threats against his family after the sex abuse allegations were made public. The inquiry, according to Dunlop and his wife Helen, represents the latest in a long history of cover-ups meant to shield powerful and well-heeled pedophiles in Cornwall from prosecution. "It seemed everywhere Perry Dunlop turned for help there was another pedophile," said Dunlop, who throughout his statement referred to himself in the third person.
"The ultimate goal is to put Perry Dunlop in jail." Testifying before the inquiry would set up a situation where it's "one versus 70 (lawyers), and they're all out to get me," said Dunlop, who was arrested Sunday at his home in Duncan, B.C., and flown to Toronto on a Canada-wide warrant.
Justice Lee Ferrier told Dunlop he appreciates that the 46-year-old father of three doesn't want to be "pummelled by lawyers in the inquiry," but asked him to consider that "somewhere, some child may benefit" from his testimony. "Second, does it not occur to you by giving your testimony, however rough an experience that might be, you would put this behind you?" "I just don't have the heart to go in there and face the barrage of the inquiry," he replied. Outside court, Helen Dunlop said she fears for her husband's mental health if he testifies. "Only Perry and I know the misery and the grief and the anguish and the depression that comes with being battered so often, over 15 years," she said, noting her husband has been on medication since 1993 to "handle the stress."
She said she would expect her husband's testimony to last at least 20 days. "I personally will not allow Perry to go back in there. I don't know what will be left of him if he does," she said. "I ask anyone who could withstand that barrage without having a mental breakdown, and maybe that's what they want."
One of the probe's watershed moments came last summer during the testimony of Ron Leroux, who had told Dunlop he witnessed a clan of pedophiles who wore robes, burned candles and sexually abused young boys during weekend meetings in the 1950s and early 1960s. In June, Leroux told the inquiry that he fabricated the story. Helen Dunlop said she's been told Leroux was pressured into changing his story. She listed the Roman Catholic church, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Cornwall police and the Ministry of the Attorney General as complicit in a cover-up of "high-profile pedophiles in positions of power with money, clout and connections." "The fix is in," she said.
While Dunlop was given the option of testifying when the inquiry resumes Monday, he was ordered to remain in custody regardless until March 5. Commission lawyers and the Crown have asked the court to consider "vacating" Dunlop's sentence and setting him free should he change his mind and decide to testify.
Former constable could face more jail for not testifying at inquiry
One-time police officer says he's victim of a conspiracy
Shannon Kari, National Post
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Jean Levac/Canwest News Service
TORONTO -- A former police officer will spend at least two more weeks in custody for contempt of court as he refused again to testify at a public inquiry in Cornwall, Ont. that is probing allegations of historic sexual abuse in the community. He was found guilty of contempt by the Divisional Court last month for failing to comply with a court order to testify and to be cross-examined by lawyers at the inquiry.
A two-judge panel of the Ontario Divisional Court ordered Perry Dunlop to be kept in custody until March 5, when it will decide on a sentence and whether he should also be found guilty of the more serious offence of criminal contempt.
Dunlop, 46, a former Cornwall police constable who now lives with his family in Duncan, British Columbia, was cheered in court by about two dozen of his supporters. Dunlop compared himself to Nelson Mandela as he was taken away in handcuffs.
The Crown and a lawyer representing provincial court Justice Norman Glaude, who is heading the inquiry, are seeking a sentence of three to six months in jail, because of Dunlop's repeated refusal to testify. "I will never walk into that inquiry," said Dunlop, who is not represented by a lawyer. During a speech lasting more than 30-minutes, he often referred to himself in the third person and repeatedly suggested he is the victim of a conspiracy by "elites" in the criminal justice system, trying to protect pedophiles. "This whole thing was to crucify Perry Dunlop," said Dunlop about the long-running Cornwall Public Inquiry which began hearing from witnesses in February 2006. "The goal is to put Perry Dunlop in jail," he told the court.
The inquiry was called by the provincial government after a lengthy Ontario Provincial Police investigation called Project Truth, which probed allegations of sexual abuse in Cornwall as far back as the 1960s. The OPP laid over 100 charges against 15 men in 1998. But only three cases made it to court. One man pleaded guilty in 2001 to 12 attacks on 10 young men. Two other accused committed suicide.
Dunlop, who resigned from the Cornwall police in 2000, managed "without authorization" to "inject himself" into the OPP investigation, the Ontario Court of Appeal noted in a 2003 ruling. The court observed that the OPP was concerned Mr. Dunlop was tainting witnesses and he was ordered to hand over all of his notes, which he refused to do for nearly two years. The former officer agreed only to read a 110-page-statement he prepared previously, when he appeared before the inquiry last fall. Dunlop told the judges that he has been victimized for the past 15 years, because of his desire to help children and his work in uncovering the alleged pedophile ring. "I had a pretty stellar career," he said. But when he passed on his information about alleged sexual abuse, he said he was stonewalled by police and others in the justice system.
"Everywhere Perry Dunlop turned, there was a pedophile or a pedophile protector," he said. Dunlop has claimed to have spoken to thousands of victims and denied that he was a "zealot" about child abuse allegations.
He stressed that he will not testify at the inquiry because the "hot shot" lawyers "want to spin, to make the victims and myself look like liars," said Mr. Dunlop. "It is time to let the Dunlops go. The Dunlops want to heal and we want to teach," he said. His wife Helen Dunlop said outside court that she is "heartbroken" that her husband is in jail. But she stressed that she supports him completely and repeated his allegations. "There was and still is a cover-up," said Mrs. Dunlop, who suggested that child sexual abuse affects more people in the country than cancer.
Perry Dunlop going to jail? I will be happy to serve this sentence...
I am a 71 year old mother of three and grandmother of 7 marvelous young people. I am also a suvivor of priest abuse dating back to 1952. It would be an honor for me to serve any prison time imposed on Perry Dunlop. He is a very brave man, who has been targeted by this Inquiry/Inquisition. He has three young daughters and a devoted wife. He believes that the system has failed him and apparently that is true. He should not be jailed for speaking his truth, and I find it hard to believe that intelligent Canadians will allow that to happen. Once again, the "system" has failed. If someone has to serve time for simply wanting to protect children from adult sexual abuse, let it be me. Perry's life is being destroyed by this travesty of justice, his family needs him. My family, which includes a police officer, stands in support of my offer. Thank you.
Kay Goodnow "We are the ones we have been waiting for." --Hopi Nation, Oraibi, Arizona
Dunlop locked up for 14 days
Perry Dunlop will spend two more weeks behind bars while a Toronto court decides his punishment for not testifying at the Cornwall Public Inquiry. The Ontario Divisional Court refrained from sentencing the former city cop Wednesday and remanded him back into custody. That means Dunlop, who was arrested at his Duncan, B.C. home over the weekend, will not learn his fate until March 5.
"I did it for all the right reasons," he told Justices Lee Ferrier and Katherine Swinton. "I will never walk back into that Cornwall inquiry even if you put a gun to my head."
Last November, the 46-year-old Dunlop was found guilty of contempt for refusing to testify at the inquiry, which is probing historical allegations of sexual abuse in the Cornwall area. Those allegations first came to light in 1993 when Dunlop, then an officer with the Cornwall police, uncovered a $32,000 payout made by the Alexandria-Cornwall Roman Catholic Diocese to an alleged abuse victim. Dunlop would come to believe there was a ring of pedophiles operating in the Cornwall area. The OPP's subsequent Project Truth investigation, however, resulted in only one person being convicted on any sex-related charges.
Yesterday, about two dozen supporters gave Dunlop a standing ovation as he was led into the court in handcuffs. His wife, Helen, sat next to him throughout the proceedings. Dunlop maintained there was an ongoing cover-up to protect the guilty, and told the court that if he returned to the inquiry, he would be ripped to shreds under cross-examination. "It (being cross-examined) is like walking into the SkyDome naked and everyone's coming at you," Dunlop said.
Outside the courthouse, a "heartbroken" Helen said she stood behind her husband's decision and wouldn't let him change his mind.
"The last time he testified (at a criminal trial) it took him six months to get over it," she said. "Only Perry and I know the misery and the grief and the anguish and the depression that comes with being battered so often over 15 years."
Lawyers for inquiry commissioner Normand Glaude argued that an appropriate sentence for Dunlop would be between three and six months in jail. Lead commission counsel Peter Engelmann said afterwards that Dunlop's sentence could be reduced, even eliminated, if he agreed to testify when the inquiry resumes on Monday. "The ball's in his court," said Engelmann. "But, he did say earlier today that even if there was a gun held to his head, he wouldn't be testifying at the inquiry."
In the meantime, Dunlop will be held in a Toronto detention centre - and, as a former police officer, likely under protective custody, he said. Dunlop spoke at length yesterday about issues that were "new to the inquiry," said Engelmann, including his interactions with Cornwall crown prosecutors. Those words, he said, only cemented how important it was for the inquiry to hear what Dunlop had to say. "He keeps thinking that this is a criminal trial. He keeps thinking they should call the bad guys to testify," said Engelmann. "I think it's unfortunately just a basic misunderstanding about what the inquiry is."
John Swales, who served as a liaison between abuse victims and a London, Ont. law firm with standing at the inquiry, encouraged Dunlop to take up the commission's offer and return to the stand. "It's an opportunity for Perry to say his piece," said Swales, who was also sexually abused when he was younger. "And if he's not happy with the process, I think that can come out in the wash as well." Swales said while it "pains" him to see Dunlop in jail, the hoopla around his refusal to testify has diverted attention away from the real issue: exploring how the institutions failed sexual abuse victims. "There's a lot of hysteria happening, and I think it's becoming more about Perry than what (happened) in Cornwall," he said.
In addition to Dunlop's sentence, the divisional court also postponed its verdict on a second contempt charge Dunlop was facing. That charge stemmed from Dunlop's very vocal refusal to return to the inquiry in January after he was found guilty on the original contempt charge. While about 75 people came out to protest Dunlop's weekend arrest in B.C., many more have shown their support for the Dunlop family online. By late Wednesday afternoon, a group on popular social networking website Facebook supporting Dunlop had swelled to nearly 800 members. Megan Schwarz, the site's administrator, said about 200 people had joined the group in the past few days. "I think there's going to be a lot of outrage about (Dunlop having to stay behind bars)," said Schwarz, 22, whose family lives on the same street as the Dunlops in Duncan. As well, a seven-minute clip of Dunlop's arrest on video-sharing website YouTube had already been viewed more than 1,000 times.