Cop sexually abused teen, duped her with online firefighter persona

The St. Thomas police officer who pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual interference involving a teenage girl he met when she requested a background check also created a fake persona as a London firefighter to simultaneously dupe the girl online, court heard.

St. Thomas police Const. Garry Christiansen, 57, pleaded guilty to incidents that involved a girl younger than 16 between January 2016 and May 2017. The agreed statement of facts read into court Tuesday veered from disturbing to downright bizarre.

Court heard that the victim met Christiansen when she went to get a police record check at the St. Thomas police station, where Christiansen was working the front desk. Christiansen and the victim began a months-long sexual relationship, but didn’t engage in sexual intercourse until the victim turned 16, according to the agreed statement of facts.

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