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"Coquitlam Mountie under investigation for S&M photo"

on Friday, 06 July 2012. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

CKNW News Talk AM

A Mountie with photos of himself posted on a sexual fetish website, while wearing nothing but the RCMP boots purchased for him by taxpayers, is being investigated for possibly violating the RCMP's code of conduct.

A top Mountie in BC has now issued a statement, saying he is 'personally embarassed' over the photos.

In the statement, Assistant Commissioner Randy Beck says the officer in charge at the Coquitlam detachment first became aware of the photos back in December 2010 -- when they were on Brown's personal flash drive.

No code of conduct investigation that time.

But Beck says a conduct review was launched more than a year later - led by the Richmond detachment -- when the photos surfaced on a personal website.

Now, Beck says he is 'very disappointed' that the force has been linked to such photos.

He adds Brown's involvement into the Robert Pickton investigation *was* provided to the missing women inquiry.

Beck says Brown has been placed on administrative duty.

Vancouver Sun reporter Ian Mulgrew broke the story after seeing the still images of Brown, allegedly holding a butcher knife, while threatening a naked, hog-tied and caged woman.

Brown told Mulgrew he was cleared of any wrongdoing earlier this year, saying it was a "non-issue" because there was "no victim."

Justice Minister Shirley bond says she is not happy because Brown was involved in the Pickton investigation.

"I fully recognize it's on one's personal time, but at the end of the day, you know, currently we're in the middle of an investigation that is looking at abhorrent behaviour and treatment of women in the province. And so I think that is something that we need to consider as we look at the conduct of police officers."

Bond says the RCMP needs a "culture change", but won't say if the officer should be disciplined because of the ongoing internal probe.

A lawyer for the families of women murdered by serial killer Robert Pickton says he has a right to question Brown about his role in the Missing Women investigation.

Cameron Ward says he wants to know how Brown found an informant who confirmed Pickton was a suspect back in 1999.

"I've asked that the inquiry be reopened to receive his evidence and that of Caldwell -- the man he produced who reported that Pickton was doing these things."

Speaking with CKNW's Bill Good, Ward says Brown's conduct should definitely be questioned.

"Just because it's legal doesn't mean it should be condoned or accepted by any manager. I know most law firms wouldn't condone it and I'm hard-pressed to think of any reputable organization that would condone such behaviour."

Ward says his efforts to make Brown testify at the now-completed Missing Women inquiry were rejected by lawyers for the commission.

Meanwhile, a Metro Vancouver sex therapist says there's a lot of misunderstanding out there.

Dr. David McKenzie says it was most definitely a case of poor judgment for having a photo taken and eventually posted online.

But like many things related to sex, he says people just don't understand S&M.

Yet it’s more popular than we might think, he adds, pointing to the best-selling novel, Fifty Shades of Grey. ...

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