OPP Sgt. Mike Dolderman’s trial for five counts of sexual assault and five counts of breach of trust was kicked down the road.
Dolerman’s trial was originally scheduled to begin on July 28, 2020, but court backlogs and COVID-19 restrictions pushed his trial to October 6th.
At the October 6th hearing, Dolderman’s lawyer requested a 12-week adjournment to review the Crown’s disclosure in the case.
Justice of the Peace Jennifer Thompson said no, calling the requested delay “excessive” and granted a 5-week adjournment instead.
Sgt. Dolderman, a 21-year veteran of the Wellington County detachment, was arrested on April 23, 2020, and suspended with pay according to the requirements of the Police Services Act, which spell out the limited ability to suspend a police officer without pay.
Suspension without pay
(6) If a chief of police, deputy chief of police or other police officer is convicted of an offence and sentenced to a term of imprisonment, the chief of police or board, as the case may be, may suspend him or her without pay, even if the conviction or sentence is under appeal.
The disgraced OPP sergeant’s next court appearance is scheduled for November 10, 2020, but it’s anyone’s guess when his trial will actually begin.
Brenda Dolderman, Mike Dolderman’s 53-year-old wife, was originally arrested and charged with three counts of obstructing justice.
On August 27, 2020, the Ontario Provincial Police filed new charges against Brenda Dolderman:
- intimidation of a justice system participant;
- attempted obstruction of justice.
Brenda Dolderman’s next court appearance is also scheduled for November 10th.