Ex-Waterloo cop charged after London sting – The London Free Press

A former Waterloo Region police officer is charged with communicating for the purpose of prostitution following a sting that led to professional misconduct charges against the head of London’s human trafficking squad.

London police Sgt. Michael Hay was the supervisor of the human trafficking unit when he allegedly directed the unconditional release of a police officer from another force who’d been arrested during an investigation into men buying sex in London on April 19, according to a notice of hearing for professional misconduct charges brought again him.

London police didn’t release the name of the charged police officer, citing a policy to not identify individuals in prostitution cases, but court documents identify him as David Mackintosh, 55, of Breslau, a small community east of Waterloo.

“We did have an officer by that name, but his last working day was April 27, 2018,” said Waterloo Regional police spokesperson Cherri Greeno, who wouldn’t confirm whether the now-retired officer is the man charged.

“The Waterloo Regional Police Service can’t comment on issues involving former or retired employees due to privacy rules.”

Sources say the retired Mackintosh is the man charged in the London case.

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Kitchener lawyer Bruce Ritter, who is representing Mackintosh, declined to comment Friday. The case returns to court Sept. 5.

Hay, meanwhile, is charged with discreditable conduct, neglect of duty and insubordination — offences under the Police Services Act, the law governing policing in Ontario and under which police forces hold disciplinary hearings into charges of professional misconduct.

An 18-year service member, Hay is accused of taking steps to hide his conduct from supervisors and breaking police procedure by not notifying a superior when an investigation involves a fellow police officer.

A fellow officer in Hay’s unit contacted Waterloo Regional police and alerted them to the officer’s arrest, a source said.

Hay, whose case returns on Sept. 8, has been reassigned to the patrol section.

Created in 2016, the London police human trafficking unit is a provincially funded, three-member squad that works with other police forces and community groups to help trafficking victims and investigate traffickers. The unit laid more than 200 charges, including 16 human trafficking counts, last year. Fifteen females were rescued and 30 johns charged.