Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Allegations against former police chief's son examined by Cornwall inquiry

CORNWALL, Ont. — An inquiry looking into the response to allegations of child sex abuse in Cornwall, Ont., is examining accusations involving the son of the city's former police chief.

Earl Landry Jr. pleaded guilty in 1999 to sexually abusing five children.

The abuse occurred over a 10-year period that started in 1979, when Landry worked as a park custodian.

City police officer Garry Derochie has been tasked with looking at how the force dealt with complaints against Landry after an article was written on the successful prosecution.

Derochie says questions arose over why charges were not laid previously when one of the victims came forward in 1985.

He says the allegations were unfounded at the time because of insufficient evidence.

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