In June of 2018, Halifax Regional Police (HRP) Const. Pierre-Paul Cadieux was charged with sexual assault against another HRP employee. It’s alleged the sexual assault took place some time in 2016 but an official complaint was not filed until May 25, 2018.
“The whole experience of sexual assault for the victims, it’s complex.… We recognize the victim’s power to report it to the police when the time is right for them,” Halifax Regional Police Supt. Jim Perrin said in 2018.
Perrin declined to answer questions about the victim’s gender.
Supt. Perrin said the accuser and Cadieux knew each other, stressing the alleged sexual assault was not a random attack.
When he was charged, Const. Pierre-Paul Cadieux had less than two years service with the HRP and, at the time of the alleged sexual assault, Cadieux was training to become a police officer at the Atlantic Police Academy.
Const. Cadieux was suspended, with pay, as required under the Nova Scotia Police Act, and remained so until charges against him were stayed last week.
“At this time and as the case evolved, it was clear to us that there was no realistic prospect of conviction,” said Chris Hansen, spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service.
CBC reported Cadieux returned to work on Monday, July 20, 2020.