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Friday 28 July 2017

Police detective charged with sexual assault was commended for sexual exploitation work

Mr Fisher received a citation for his work (Province of British Columbia)
Mr Fisher received a citation for his work (Province of British Columbia)
Detective James Fisher was arrested this week and charged with three counts of sexual exploitation Photo: YouTube

Andrew Buncombe

A senior Canadian detective who was honoured for his work combating sexual exploitation, has been arrested and accused of the very same crime.

Detective James Fisher was arrested this week and charged with three counts of sexual exploitation, along with sexual assault, breach of trust and attempting to obstruct justice.

Mr Fisher was a member of the Vancouver Police Department’s counter exploitation team, which investigates prostitution and criminal exploitation.

In 2015, he received a citation for “extraordinary dedication” for his work in the unit, according to the Canada Press.

This week, Vancouver Police Chief Constable Adam Palmer told a press conference that the developments were “very troubling news”.

“It was necessary to keep him on active duty while the investigation unfolded while we gathered evidence,” he said. “And we had safety plans in place to make sure nobody was in any danger whatsoever.”

He said that one of the cases that police were looking into involved a juvenile while another involved an adult. He said that Mr Fisher had been suspended. It is not clear whether he has yet had a chance to enter a plea.

Police say he was released on bail with conditions Thursday morning and is set to appear in court again in January, though reporting restrictions mean details of the bail conditions have not been revealed.

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