Toronto cop who arrested, released Bruce McArthur will attend hearing, lawyer says

TORONTO – The lawyer representing a Toronto police officer involved in the 2016 arrest and release of serial killer Bruce McArthur says his client will attend a disciplinary hearing once it’s scheduled.

Sgt. Paul Gauthier has yet to make his first appearance before a police tribunal due to an undisclosed illness, and a date for a hearing has not yet been set.

The tribunal heard Monday morning that a disclosure motion will be the next legal step, set to take place next month.

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Gauthier is charged with insubordination and neglect of duty related to his handling of a complaint by a man who alleged McArthur tried to strangle him.

A notice of hearing released earlier this year alleges Gauthier did not record a video statement from the complainant or photograph his injuries within 72 hours, as required by the force’s policy on domestic violence investigations.

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Lawyer Lawrence Gridin says Gauthier did nothing wrong, and his client will be at the hearing to face the accusations when the time comes.

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McArthur pleaded guilty in January to eight counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of men with ties to Toronto’s gay village.

He was arrested in January 2018 and an internal probe related to the case began shortly thereafter.

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