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Calgary RCMP officer ordered to resign for inappropriate texts with teen he coached

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An RCMP officer primarily based in Calgary has been ordered to resign after being discovered responsible of misconduct for an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old lacrosse participant he coached in 2019, CBC News has realized.

Const. Daniel Martin, 42, was discovered responsible underneath the RCMP Act on Wednesday of discreditable conduct for what was described by the Alberta Lacrosse Association (ALA) president John Kilbride as a “grooming” relationship involving textual content messages between the officer and teenage participant.

“I’m just mortified,” stated Kilbride. 

“I just can’t imagine much worse than the trust of one of our athletes being betrayed in this fashion by somebody that they’re supposed to be able to be safe with and then you compound that by somebody who is in a position of such authority, legal authority in the form of an RCMP officer, and it’s just disgraceful.”

14 days to attraction 

It will not be clear whether or not the connection had develop into bodily. A replica of the conduct listening to determination has not but been launched. 

The RCMP wouldn’t present additional particulars as a result of Martin has 14 days to attraction. 

“When the Alberta RCMP were made aware of the situation, we immediately initiated an internal process that led to a conduct hearing where allegations of discreditable conduct were established against Const. Daniel Martin,” stated RCMP spokesperson Fraser Logan in a written assertion. 

“As we are now within an appeal period, it would be inappropriate for the Alberta RCMP to comment further.”

Teen’s household, ALA reported relationship to RCMP

The texts have been despatched in 2019 and got here to gentle at a significant lacrosse event. 

Kilbride stated the ALA instantly decided that Martin’s behaviour was “well beyond” the scope of inner self-discipline so the lacrosse affiliation “immediately” reported the connection to RCMP, as did the woman’s household.

“There’s absolutely zero room for this within our organizational structure,” stated Kilbride. 

“It’s just another alert that these people are out there and they worm their way into our most sacred areas and we have to be vigilant.”

Martin’s different teaching gig

Martin has been given 14 days to resign, in accordance to Logan.

It wasn’t instantly clear whether or not a prison investigation had additionally taken place however no prices have been laid. 

Until Wednesday, Martin was additionally teaching for Breakaway Hockey in Airdrie. Within hours of the choice, the group eliminated his bio from its web site. 

“Dan Martin was a parent volunteer and, in lieu of RCMP findings, will no longer be volunteering with Breakaway Hockey,” stated the group in a written assertion.

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