An RCMP officer had a female prisoner released into his care from the Nelson House RCMP detachment and drove her to his home in 2011, according to RCMP adjudication documents, the CBC reported Jan. 8.
Const. Kevin Theriault and another officer had arrested the woman at a party on Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and placed her in a cell at the detachment to sober up. According to the CBC, other officers goaded Theriault by text message and observed flirting between him and the woman. Theriault then returned to the detachment about six hours after she was arrested and had her released into his care and the two left in his personal vehicle. Other RCMP officers followed in a cruiser and told the corporal of the detachment what Theriault had done. The corporal phoned Theriault and told him to take the woman home, which he did.
Theriault admitted to the allegations and received a reprimand and lost seven days’ pay when the written decision was issued in 2014.
The disciplinary adjudication board in Theriault’s case included an inspector and two superintendents, the CBC reported.