Crown says B.C. ex-Mountie accused of sexual assault painted woman as instigator

A retired RCMP inspector had a mistaken belief that a civilian employee consented to sexual activity in a washroom at the force's British Columbia headquarters, the Crown says.

Michelle Booker said Wednesday that Tim Shields did not take any steps to see if the woman provided consent for him to allegedly kiss and grope her in 2009.

Shields, 52, was charged with one count of sexual assault in May 2016 and has pleaded not guilty.

Provincial court has heard that the woman, who cannot be identified under a publication ban, filed a civil lawsuit against the RCMP and Shields in 2014 that was settled in December 2016.


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