After a trial that was difficult for everyone, Niagara Regional Police officer Michael Moore was acquitted of sexual assault in a Hamilton courtroom today. He was convicted of breach of trust.
Shocking. But that's the verdict. Niagara Police officer Michael Moore was acquitted of the sexual assault charges against him. The judge was not convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that there was a lack of consent.
Moore was convicted of breach of trust and will be sentenced on July 27th.
Breach of trust is an indictable offence and carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment upon conviction. There's no minimum sentence, so it's possible that Moore will not receive any jail time at all on that conviction.
It remains to be seen what Niagara Regional Police will do in respect to Moore's status as a police officer with their service.
One can only hope the complainant has a very good counsellor. She's going to need the support.