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Toronto cop involved in 2016 McArthur arrest to appear at police tribunal Tuesday

NEWS STAFF AND THE CANADIAN PRESSTORONTO COP INVOLVED IN 2016 MCARTHUR ARREST | posted Tuesday, Feb 26th, 2019

The Toronto police sergeant facing misconduct charges in connection with the Bruce McArthur investigation is expected to appear in front of a police tribunal Tuesday morning.

Paul Gauthier is facing insubordination and neglect of duty charges in relation to the 2016 arrest of McArthur.

The serial killer was arrested following a report that McArthur attempted to strangle a man inside a van during a sexual encounter. McArthur was later released without being charged and would go on to murder two more men.

Gauthier said he is being used as a scapegoat for Toronto police, which is also facing backlash for its investigation into missing persons cases.

Earlier this month, Gauthier’s lawyer, Lawrence Gridin, said that the evidence will show his client “contributed” to the identification of McArthur as a serial killer and did not detract from the investigation.

He defended Gauthier’s actions in a 2016 incident said his client has “great sympathy for the victims and the community.”

“The decision not to charge Bruce McArthur for the 2016 incident was made in conjunction with Det. Gauthier’s supervisor and based on the information available at the time,” Gridin said.

“McArthur’s monstrous nature was difficult to uncover because he led a life of extreme deception, not because of anything to do with the 2016 arrest.”

Toronto police released a statement stating, “when Homicide Squad investigators working the Bruce McArthur case identified prior investigative concerns, they immediately contacted professional standards. as a result, an officer has been compelled to attend a tribunal in efforts to provide an explanation for his actions.”

McArthur pleaded guilt to the death of eight men with connections to the city’s LGBTQ community. The court heard the gruesome details of McArthur’s “planned and deliberate” murders — including his “post-offence rituals” such as photography, staging the bodies and keeping items.

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