Former RCMP spokesperson Tim Shields. (File photo)

Ex-RCMP Tim Shields to learn sex assault verdict Dec. 20

Former spokesman accused of kissing and groping woman at B.C. Mounties’ headquarters

A B.C. judge is expected to release his verdict on Dec. 20 in the case of a retired RCMP inspector charged with sexually assaulting a civilian employee in the workplace.

Tim Shields, 52, who was a high-profile spokesman for the RCMP in B.C., has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault.

READ MORE: Crown calls ex-RCMP Tim Shields’ account of sexual encounter ‘rehearsed and self-serving’

READ MORE: UPDATE: Tim Shields’ defence suggests ‘bathroom incident’ was consensual

The provincial court trial heard the assault was alleged to have occurred in 2009 in a ground-floor washroom of the force’s B.C. headquarters.

The complainant, who cannot be identified because of a publication ban, testified that Shields led her to a unisex washroom before kissing and groping her.

Shields told the trial the woman enthusiastically participated in sex acts and then accused him of sexual assault.

He was charged in May 2016, five months after he retired following a suspension in the middle of a code of conduct investigation.

The Canadian Press

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

South Surrey man to bike across Canada

Last minute decision to take Rajiv Dhaliwal on three-month journey

White Rock RCMP reviews street checks for racial bias

Report indicates checks are being conducted bias-free

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

PHOTOS: Surrey rally supports Mona Wang, calls for wellness check reform

Security camera footage shows Wang being dragged, stepped on during RCMP wellness check at UBCO

Woman sexually assaulted, robbed near Surrey SkyTrain station: RCMP

Police say the incident happened July 10, just after 11 p.m.

Islanders want BC Ferries to follow order that lets residents board before tourists

For ferry-dependent communities, ferries are often the sole practical lifeline to work, school or medical appointments.

Fraser Valley loses the Keith Wilson Waver as Ron Hupper passes away

Hupper brought smiles to the faces of hundreds of people traveling Chilliwack’s Keith Wilson Road

Beverly Hills 90210 star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada

The kinds of genetic technology being used for this project did not exist when SARS hit Canada in 2003

Sports fishers protest Fraser River Chinook closures

Public Fishery Alliance wants hatchery fish open for harvest

B.C. Ferries increasing passenger capacity after COVID-19 restrictions

Transport Canada 50-per-cent limit being phased out, no current plans to provide masks

Once-in-a-lifetime comet photographed soaring over Abbotsford

Photographer Randy Small captures Comet NEOWISE in early-morning sky

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

Most Read