CALGARY – A southern Alberta woman has filed a lawsuit against the RCMP that alleges she was forced to perform a sex act while an officer drove her home.
The statement of claim names among the defendants the force and the officer who is based in the Strathmore, Alta., detachment east of Calgary.
It says the woman was brought into the detachment in December 2012 to provide a statement regarding an incident at her home.
She was being taken home from the detachment in the early morning when its alleged the officer driving pulled off the main road. The woman alleges she was ordered to strip and perform oral sex on the officer.
“The plaintiff was frightened and felt she was in a submissive position and so she did as she was instructed,” reads the statement.
None of the allegations has been proven in court and a statement of defence has not been filed. Messages left with the RCMP seeking comment were not immediately returned.
The woman’s lawyer, Clint Docken, said the claim was filed after an internal RCMP investigation and a separate investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team failed to produce any results.
“We just assumed these two processes would come to a conclusion, and that would result in a resolution of the matter, and she would otherwise be compensated for what happened to her, because it had a significant traumatic effect,” Docken said.
“That didn’t happen and ultimately we felt the only way that she could be properly compensated for what happened was for us to file this claim.”
ASIRT did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.
Docken said his client has suffered physically and mentally as a result of what happened and will require ongoing treatment.
“A reasonable person would regard the invasion as highly offensive, causing distress, humiliation or anguish,” reads the statement.
It said she has suffered conditions including insomnia, acid reflux, depression, mood swings, nightmares, flashbacks and anxiety.
“As a further result of the defendant’s intentional and/or negligent actions, trauma, abuse and breach of statutory duty, the plaintiff has been forced to undergo psychological, medical and psychiatry treatments.”