Former drug squad officer Ned Maodus seen earlier in his trial. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun files)
TORONTO — Five former Toronto drug squad cops were sentenced Friday to 45-day conditional, or house arrest sentences, that will enable all but one to keep his new job.
Former sergeant John Schertzer, 54, “road boss” Raymond Pollard, 48, Joseph Miched, 54, Steve Correia, 45, and Ned Maodus, 49 -- who were convicted in June 2012 of attempting to obstruct justice -- conducted an illegal search of Scarborough heroin dealer Ho Bing Pang’s apartment in February 1998.
Pollard, Correia and Maodus were also convicted of perjury for giving bogus testimony to back up falsified entries about the events in their notebooks.
“No other police officer would willingly trade places with any of these accused,” Justice Gladys Pardu said Friday in Ontario’s largest courtroom packed with 100 police supporters.
“The process in itself constitutes an enormous deterrent to any officer tempted to cut corners or lie under oath,” Pardu said. “Their lives have been ruined, and for what gain? Cutting a work-day short by a couple of hours.
“The impact of the prolonged (nine-year) proceedings on their lives has been catastrophic.”