May 15, 2006

Probe hears of 'the only honest cop

Ottawa Sun

By Canadian Press

CORNWALL — Toronto’s former top cop says he has “some knowledge” of events surrounding a sweeping investigation in the 1990s of allegations of systemic sexual abuse by community leaders here.

But Julian Fantino says he isn’t sure how valuable his information is to the Cornwall public inquiry examining how the allegations were handled.

“The relevance of what I might have to offer is beyond my determination,” Fantino said Saturday.

“I have knowledge, some knowledge, of course, of some of these events. I will be at the disposal of due process.”

Now Ontario’s commissioner of emergency management, Fantino would not specify what information he has on the four-year investigation known as Project Truth.

Police laid 114 charges against 15 men after the investigation, but few of the cases ever made it to court and police said they never found any evidence of a pedophile ring.

The probe was launched after former Cornwall police officer Perry Dunlop began a crusade to uncover what he believed to be widespread sexual abuse of children by prominent members of the community.

Over the course of several years in the 1990s, Dunlop collected thousands of documents related to the alleged abuse of dozens of victims and alleged perpetrators.

While testifying at a subsequent criminal trial involving a Cornwall priest, Dunlop admitted he was uncertain as to whom he could trust within the justice system, so he delivered some documents to Fantino — then chief of police in London, Ont.

During his testimony, Dunlop called Fantino “the only honest cop” in the province.

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