Mountie files suit for PTSD

An RCMP officer has filed a lawsuit alleging he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after being exposed to a "significant volume" of child pornography while working in a specialized unit.

Const. Michael Wardrope says he was exposed to disturbing videos, photographs, interviews and interrogations as a member of the child abuse and sexual offence unit in Surrey, B.C.

He says in the lawsuit filed in British Columbia Supreme Court that when he was hired he told his bosses he had three young children, had to commute hours per day and didn't think viewing child porn would be healthy for him.

He says despite assurances from his superiors, within the first three months on the job he was required to work overtime and was exposed to child pornography.

About a year and a half later, the lawsuit says, he was showing symptoms of having a nervous breakdown and although he was transferred 10 months later, his health was irreparably damaged.

None of the allegations has been tested in court and the RCMP says it cannot comment.

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