Former RCMP spokesperson Tim Shields found not guilty of sexual assault

Tim Shields

FORMER RCMP Inspector Tim Shields, who was a high profile spokesperson for the force, was on Wednesday found not guilty in Vancouver Provincial Court of sexually assaulting a civilian employee in a unisex washroom in 2009 at RCMP headquarters in B.C.

The defence argued that the sex was consensual, while Crown said Shields had a mistaken belief about consent.

The judge found both versions of events plausible. However, he pointed out that a criminal trial was not a credibility contest and the Crown had to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. The complainant cannot be identified because of a court order.

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