A Calgary County transcript. Sean Chu’s 2003 police disciplinary hearing – for “fondling” a teenage girl – shows not only that the then officer received a reprimand, but that he was also given six months of work on the ethics committee. This happened after the presiding officer found out that Chu had used “police calling cards, pagers, and his call to the police to improve his personal life off duty.”
Following an investigation under the Alberta Police Act, Chu was convicted of Misconduct for touching the leg of a 16-year-old girl in 1997 at a restaurant while he was in uniform, according to his own testimony.
The transcript also shows that the president disbelieved Chu’s accuser and completely ignored his testimony.
Chu has faced increasing calls to resign since CBC News revealed on October 15 that when he was a 34-year-old police officer in 1997, he had sexual contact with a minor.
On October 18, Chu was re-elected Ward 4 councilor by a margin of 100 votes. A judicial recount has been requested.
Chu’s victim “inconsistent”, says president
The transcript obtained by CBC News is from Chu’s sentencing decision, which took place on January 31, 2003 – almost six years after the incident – and lasted eight minutes.
The most recent document reveals that President Debbie Middleton-Hope disbelieved the testimony of the complainant, a woman CBC News identified as HH. CBC News does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault.
Middleton-Hope said HH was “inconsistent” in her testimony and struggled to remember “relevant details”. The presiding officer said she would disregard HH’s testimony when considering Chu’s sentence.
Mayor Jyoti Gondek on Tuesday disputed Middleton-Hope’s comments on HH’s inconsistencies, pointing out that there were “inconsistencies on both sides”.
“Choosing to believe on one side rather than the other because of inconsistencies is clearly flawed,” said the mayor.
6 month ethics mission
Publishing a five-year reprimand in 2003, Middleton-Hope said Chu would face consequences, such as difficulty in being promoted or transferred to the Calgary Police Service (CPS).
“As this incident is five years old and impacted Agent Chu’s personal and professional life, I believe that an additional five years of restricting Agent Chu’s career opportunities is enough time,” Middleton said. -Hope.
But the presiding officer was so concerned that Chu was using her police officer character in her private interactions outside of duty hours, she also asked Chu to help develop the “integrity / compromise” section of a. presentation to the ethics board for a period of at least six months.
“Also, what I find troubling about the evidence presented by Constable Chu is that he is willing to use police business cards, pagers and his call to the police to improve his personal life. out of service, ”said Middleton-Hope.
Document shows couple met at restaurant, not pub
According to Chu, he “met a woman in a licensed facility where all people must be 18 years of age or older.”
Last week, Chu detailed his initial statement, telling reporters that he met HH at the King’s Head Pub on a tour with his partner.
The CPS confirmed that at that time, Chu was assigned to the traffic unit.
But according to a CTV report based on another transcript of Chu’s disciplinary proceedings, the couple met at the Husky House restaurant.
And in the 2003 sentencing document, Chu “admitted to fondling [HH’s] leg in a public restaurant in uniform. “
Doesn’t remember speaking with a teenager 2 years ago
Chu has also repeatedly said that he does not know the teenager’s age in 1997.
Middleton-Hope accepted testimony from unidentified witnesses who said HH appeared to be between 19 and 21.
However, HH testified that she had already had contact with Chu two years earlier, when she was involved in an altercation at school.
The transcript also shows that HH sent Chu a Christmas card following his involvement in the case.
Chu said he only spoke to her by phone about the incident and said another officer was in charge of the case.
In a written statement provided on Wednesday, Chu stressed that he did not “remember” any previous meeting with HH.
“Honestly, he has no recollection of this alleged previous meeting,” Chu’s office said in the emailed statement.
Chu turned out to be “frank” in his testimony
Middleton-Hope ruled that Chu was “outspoken” in his testimony that he “participated in consensual sexual foreplay with [HH] in the living room of his house. “
“I believe Agent Chu was sincere when he indicated that he had no idea [HH’s] exact age, ”Middleton-Hope said.
“I find its proof to believe,” she said.
The presiding officer said she did not believe HH, who testified that there had been “an aggressive physical struggle, in which a gun was pointed at her head.”
Chu’s statement points out that during his press conference last Thursday, the advisor “stated unequivocally that there was no weapon involved … and he passed a polygraph question on that exact issue.
“We don’t take victims seriously,” says Mayor Gondek
Last week, CBC News also reported that Chu was involved in a brawl with his wife in 2008 that ended in police intervention and the seizure of a gun, confirmed by court records.
On Thursday, Chu announced that he would not step down, as he was duly re-elected and has never been charged.
Over the weekend, two rallies were held in front of the Town Hall; one supported Chu, the other called for his resignation.
Mayor Jyoti Gondek joined most of the councilors in calling for Chu’s resignation. On Monday, she refused to take the oath to Ward 4 Councilor, instead asking Court of Queen’s Bench Judge John Rooke to take the oath.
Gondek says the latest development does not advance the dialogue.
“What this tells me is that we are obsessed with the perpetrator instead of the victim,” Gondek said.
“We have a systemic problem where we don’t take victims seriously.”