On April 23, 2020, Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Mike Dolderman was arrested and charged with five counts of sexual assault and five counts of breach of trust.
His wife, 53-year-old Brenda Dolderman, was also arrested and charged with three counts of obstructing justice.
On Thursday, August 27, 2020, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) announced new charges against Brenda Dolderman:
- intimidation of a justice system participant;
- attempted obstruction of justice.
Reading between the lines, it appears the OPP believes it has the evidence required to prove Brenda Dolderman actively tried to intimidate witnesses against her and/or her husband.
Where the extortion charge fits is anyone’s guess. It could be related to the alleged intimidation, but it could also be an entirely separate issue.
When Brenda Dolderman’s case eventually goes to court we’ll find out these and many more details.
Brenda Dolderman and Sgt. Mike Dolderman’s trials, both originally scheduled to begin on July 28, were delayed until October 6th due to COVID-related court scheduling issues.
A lawyer familiar with the Guelph courts said it was “highly unlikely” either case would be heard in October, suggesting it could be spring of next year, at the earliest, before their trials begin.
Sgt. Dolderman remains suspended, with full pay, while he awaits trial.
Brenda Dolderman says American civil rights lawyer Alan Dershowitz, author of Guilt by Association, is helping with her case.
I find this claim highly suspect, as a famous civil rights lawyer in America’s current political climate has his pick of cases in the United States.
Why would he bother with a low-profile case in Canada?
In the unlikely chance it’s true, I reached out to Alan Dershowitz to confirm he is assisting Brenda Dolderman’s defence.
Mr. Dershowitz has yet to respond to my request.
NOTE: None of the charges against Mike or Brenda Dolderman have been tested in court.