Hearing looms for London cop accused in prostitution-sting scandal – The London Free Press

A veteran London police officer facing three professional misconduct charges for ordering the release of a fellow officer swept up in a prostitution bust is expected to enter a plea next week.

The arrested officer, meanwhile, charged with communicating for the purpose of prostitution, won’t face any internal discipline because he retired from the Waterloo Regional police less than two weeks after he was arrested in London.

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

Hay, who has been since reassigned to patrol unit, is also 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 officer.

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During a conference call Wednesday, Hay’s case was adjourned to next Friday at noon, when he’s expected to enter a plea.

“This is expected to be an in-person hearing to be held in the community room at London police headquarters,” spokesperson Roxanne Beaubien said, noting the hearing is open to the public.

The 18-year police veteran 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. Penalties under the Act include docked pay, suspension without pay, demotion or termination.

Hay’s lawyer, Lucas O’Hara, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

Sources have identified the officer caught in the prostitution sweep as David Mackintosh.

Waterloo Regional police say an officer named David Mackintosh retired from the force on April 27 – eight days after the arrest in London – but wouldn’t confirm whether the now-retired officer is the man charged.

Mackintosh, 55, of Breslau, a small community east of Waterloo, wasn’t charged until June 7, court documents show.

Professional misconduct charges can’t be laid against former employees, Waterloo Regional police spokesperson Cherri Greeno said.

“We do not have . . . jurisdiction over any potential disciplinary matter if a police officer ceases employment with us,” Greeno said.