Remember that Toronto-area police officer publicly outed by Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin as a cyberbully a few weeks ago?
Completely innocent, according to Durham Regional Police.
Not only that, but Const. Scott Dennis is said to be an upstanding, and outstanding, member of the force who was on vacation when he was found to be the victim of identity theft.
And Durham Chief Constable Mike Ewles says Dennis was victimized again by Ombudsman Andre Marin's public attack.
Marin went public earlier this month after he was targeted with insulting comments online just moments before he announced his intention to launch an investigation following the Toronto police shooting death of Sammy Yatim.
Marin publicly identified the source of those attacks as a Twitter account under the name of "Joey Mayo," which he said was operated by Const. Scott Dennis.
Durham Regional Police launched an investigation. On Monday, they announced that Marin got it wrong.
Their investigation has determined that another, yet-to-be-identified officer (whom ironically works in the Fraud Unit) was responsible for the attacks and had created the account using Dennis' information without his knowledge. That officer will face internal discipline, Durham police say.
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Chief Const. Mike Ewles said he was deeply concerned about the officer's actions. But also the actions of the ombudsman.
First and foremost, I am concerned that one of my police officers allegedly used a fellow officer’s information to create a fictitious Twitter account and then use it for such offensive purposes. That officer will be held to account. With very few rules and even less accountability in the world of social media, it’s not the first time someone has landed in hot water. Politicians and celebrities are usually the culprits. This is a first for us here at the DRPS.
It’s also troubling to me that a high-ranking public official like the Ombudsman of Ontario would rush to judgment and identify any person, without the benefit of some sort of objective investigation and evidence, particularly given Mr. Marin’s experience. D/Cst. Dennis is an outstanding police officer who has had his personal and professional life turned upside down for no reason. I look forward to Mr. Marin’s co-operation with that portion of the investigation.
Police further note that they have tried to speak with Marin as part of their investigation, but have had no luck. One suspects Marin will be available now. It seems he has some questions to answer.
— Ontario Ombudsman (@Ont_Ombudsman) August 8, 2013