York police constable guilty of some not all corruption charges following elaborate undercover sting

A veteran York Regional Police officer has been convicted of numerous corruption charges Wednesday, but acquitted of attempting to rob a storage facility that he was tricked into believing contained illicit drugs and cash.Superior Court Justice Vanessa Christie’s decision convicting Richard Senior of 11 offences, including theft, utter a forged document, unauthorized use of computers, breach of trust and possessing a firearm obtained by crime, is only the first part of the process.Defence lawyers John Struthers and Ashli Pinnock intend to argue Senior was entrapped to commit the offences in an elaborate sting involving undercover agents and wiretaps.Christie did not read her massive, 188-page ruling during a Zoom hearing Wednesday morning and instead cited only the bottom line of her decision. Senior, who had been a police officer for about 15 years during the 2018 undercover operation, showed no emotion as he watched via video conference. The ruling was emailed to counsel during a short recess.The judge, who presides in Newmarket court, acquitted Senior of four offences, including attempted robbery.While Christie wrote that she accepted Senior intended to rob a warehouse — “it is the view of this court that the preparation was not complete.“Given that his actions had not progressed beyond mere preparation, Cst. Senior is not guilty of attempted robbery.”However, she convicted him of stealing a loaded YRP shotgun to commit the robbery at the suggestion of an undercover agent who first raised the idea of busting into the storage facility.More to come.Betsy Powell is a Toronto-based reporter covering crime and courts for the Star. Follow her on Twitter: @powellbetsy

York police constable guilty of some not all corruption charges following elaborate undercover sting

A veteran York Regional Police officer has been convicted of numerous corruption charges Wednesday, but acquitted of attempting to rob a storage facility that he was tricked into believing contained illicit drugs and cash.

Superior Court Justice Vanessa Christie’s decision convicting Richard Senior of 11 offences, including theft, utter a forged document, unauthorized use of computers, breach of trust and possessing a firearm obtained by crime, is only the first part of the process.

Defence lawyers John Struthers and Ashli Pinnock intend to argue Senior was entrapped to commit the offences in an elaborate sting involving undercover agents and wiretaps.

Christie did not read her massive, 188-page ruling during a Zoom hearing Wednesday morning and instead cited only the bottom line of her decision. Senior, who had been a police officer for about 15 years during the 2018 undercover operation, showed no emotion as he watched via video conference. The ruling was emailed to counsel during a short recess.

The judge, who presides in Newmarket court, acquitted Senior of four offences, including attempted robbery.

While Christie wrote that she accepted Senior intended to rob a warehouse — “it is the view of this court that the preparation was not complete.

“Given that his actions had not progressed beyond mere preparation, Cst. Senior is not guilty of attempted robbery.”

However, she convicted him of stealing a loaded YRP shotgun to commit the robbery at the suggestion of an undercover agent who first raised the idea of busting into the storage facility.

More to come.

Betsy Powell is a Toronto-based reporter covering crime and courts for the Star. Follow her on Twitter: @powellbetsy

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