Former Dawson Creek Mountie facing several criminal charges including assault, has charges stayed
Published Tuesday, July 20, 2021 12:57PM PDT Last Updated Wednesday, July 21, 2021 9:43AM PDT
DAWSON CREEK -- A former member the Dawson Creek RCMP who was facing several criminal charges has had all of the charges he was facing stayed.
"The decision was made after further information regarding the offences was received by the prosecutor. After considering this information and the other investigative materials provided by the police the prosecutor concluded the charge approval standard on the charges could no longer be met. In these circumstances a stay of proceedings is the appropriate course of action," said the BC Prosecution Service in a statement sent to CJDC - TV News.
The charges against Christopher Gallant, including two counts of assault ,were laid back in March 2020, when he was still working for the Dawson Creek detachment.
Gallant was also facing counts of attempting to choke to overcome resistance, unlawful confinement or imprisonment, and attempting to pervert, defeat or obstruct justice.
Authorities released few details about the allegations against Gallant, but Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet of the B.C. RCMP told CJDC News they involved "incidents which occurred while off duty, and are unrelated to his role as a police officer."
The corporal retired from the force in April 2021, Shoihet said.
So far, calls to the BC Prosecution Service have not been returned. Stayed charges can still be prosecuted within one year of the day they are stayed.