Retired police officer pleads guilty in sexual assault investigation

A 67-year-old retired police officer has been sentenced to two years in prison following a guilty plea to one count of sexual exploitation and one count of sexual interference.

On November 1, Donald Clark pleaded guilty to the charges. On November 10, he was sentenced to two years in a federal penitentiary.

York Regional Police began the investigation in November 2015 after receiving a report that a young child had been sexually assaulted by the accused. Following his arrest, additional victims were identified in regard to earlier incidents. Police laid additional charges in connection with those incidents.

The accused was a York Regional Police officer between 1974 and 2006. He was employed part-time, on a retiree contract, as a fleet assistant from 2007 to November 2015. His employment contract was terminated following his arrest.

“York Regional Police will not tolerate the victimization of members of our community,” said police chief Eric Jolliffe. “Our investigation and charges laid against Mr. Clark clearly demonstrate that there is no statute of limitations to sexual offences and that every person, regardless of their employment, shall be held accountable for their actions.”

A sexual assault includes any non-consensual contact of a sexual nature. Police encourage victims to report all incidents of sexual assault as offenders can be prosecuted well after the date of the offence. If someone is seeking support, contact York Region Victim Services or the Women’s Support Network.

Anyone with information on a sexual assault crime is asked to call the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7071, or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS or online.

Photo courtesy of York Regional Police.

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