A former Vancouver police officer who pleaded guilty to selling marijuana while on duty, breach of public trust, and improperly accessing the police investigation database, was sentenced to nearly three years in jail for the drug related crimes.
Peter Andrew Hodson, 32, was arrested and fired from his job in April 2010 after an extensive investigation found he was involved in criminal activity involving illegal drugs.
Vancouver Constable Jim Chu said in a written statement, that he was shocked and disturbed over the allegations. Chu said Hodson had been with the department for less then five years and was allegedly selling drugs from Dec. 2009 to April 2010 when he was arrested.
Constable Chu said "the investigation involved as many 30 officers from the Professional Standards Unit, Major Crime Section, the RCMP, and other experts from within the Vancouver Police Department."
"What we found was disgraceful," said Chu.
Prosecutors had asked for a three-and-a-half year sentence for the cop turned drug dealer. Hodson's attornies argued for a two-year conditional sentence to be served under house arrest, reports CBC News.
Vancouver Provincial Court Judge Gregory Rideout sentenced Hodson to two years on the count of drug trafficking and two years on the breach of trust charge, those sentences are to run concurrently. He was sentenced to a consecutive one-year sentence for the misuse of the police investigation system. Hodson was credited with 21 days off his three-year sentence for the 14 days he spent in solitary confinement following his initial arrest.
Judge Rideout told Hodson, "Your remarkable fall from grace is a burden that will stay with you for life," reports the Vancouver Sun. The former cop was handcuffed and taken away by police to be transported to a federal prison where he will spend the next three years.