|Mounties are conducting a code-of-conduct inquiry after an officer allegedly posted graphic bondage images of himself on a website.
The identity of a man, said to be an RCMP officer, engaged in violent bondage sex scenes and in some graphic images that were made public has been questioned.
Mounties went into damage control after the explosive pictures allegedly showing a Coquitlam RCMP corporal in various bondage scenes went public last week.
However, some media reports now question whether the person in some of the staged photos, depicting a man with a knife to a woman's throat and slashing her while she's tied up, are of the officer who is the subject of the RCMP code-of-conduct review.
B.C.’s acting RCMP commander Randy Beck said in a statement Thursday they are looking into whether an officer, identified to QMI Agency as Cpl. Jim Brown, breached professional standards when he appeared in bondage images — showing a booted man with his foot on the back of a woman on her hands and knees wrapped in cellophane — that were at one pointed posted on a website but since removed.
“While we must strike a balance between an individual’s rights and freedoms when off-duty and the RCMP code of conduct, I am personally embarrassed and very disappointed that the RCMP would be, in any way, linked to photos of that nature,” Beck said.
On Thursday, former RCMP consultant Dr. Mike Webster said he’d heard from at least two Mounties who knew about the racy pictures from a website the officer under investigation apparently ran nearly two years ago.
“(In one) series of picture, he comes upon a woman on the street. He stalks her, he captures her, he takes her somewhere, it’s a private location, he wraps her in cellophane … he puts his feet on her, he cuts her, she bleeds,” said Webster.
The psychologist, who worked with B.C. Mounties for more than 30 years, said the latest scandal is another severe blow to a force plagued by misconduct complaints in recent months — everything from allegations of sexual harassment to an officer accused of stealing cocaine.
Beck, meantime, explained the Coquitlam detachment commander found the images in December 2010 on a personal flash drive, but the pictures didn’t initially meet the “threshold” to be considered a violation of conduct — the images were deemed staged.
It wasn’t until March this year that a “code-of-conduct” investigation was opened when the photos were found on a personal website.
After the images went public Thursday, Beck said an “external” police agency would be asked to independently review the Mounties’ code-of-conduct investigation.
The officer under investigation has been placed on administrative duties.
The officer had “a very small role” in the investigation of convicted serial killer Robert Pickton, according to the Missing Women Inquiry commissioner Wally Oppal.
“I have instructed commission counsel to gather more information regarding the RCMP investigation into the situation … with the Department of Justice on this matter,” he said in a statement.