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Alleged indecent cop gets public RCMP hearing switched to private

Cop granted closed hearing

An Osoyoos cop facing criminal charges and an internal review after allegedly touching his penis in public in 2018 has been granted a closed-door RCMP hearing, a sudden swap from what had previously been a public hearing. 

Castanet reported in December that Const. Ryan Fulcher had a scheduled code of conduct hearing, which is the process the RCMP uses to consider dismissal of a member, on Jan. 14. By default these hearings are open to the public and information as to their time and place posted online. 

But the listing for Fulcher's hearing suddenly disappeared from the RCMP website in recent weeks, and Castanet requested information as to what had taken place. 

Cpl. Caroline Duval with RCMP communications said the hearing has been rescheduled with no confirmed date, and that it has been changed to an in-camera meeting with no access for the public or media. 

"For this particular hearing, the Conduct Board ruled that the conduct hearing be held in camera," Duval wrote in an email. 

Duval did not provide insight into the board's reasoning, but the RCMP Act states four acceptable reasons for that decision:

  • that information, the disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to be injurious to the defence of Canada or any state allied or associated with Canada or to the detection, prevention or suppression of subversive or hostile activities, will likely be disclosed during the course of the hearing;
  • that information, the disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to be injurious to law enforcement, will likely be disclosed during the course of the hearing;
  • that information respecting a person’s financial or personal affairs, if that person’s interest or security outweighs the public’s interest in the information, will likely be disclosed during the course of the hearing; or
  • that it is otherwise required by the circumstances of the case.

Fulcher is currently suspended with pay from his position with the Osoyoos Federal Serious and Organized Crime unit awaiting the hearing. 

Outside of the RCMP, he is also facing a charge of "indecent act, with intent thereby to insult or offend members of the public" which Ministry of Attorney General spokesperson Dan McLaughlin told Castanet is heading for trial in open court. 



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