Waterloo cop linked to London prostitution-probe scandal dies – The London Free Press

A Waterloo Regional police officer who retired just days after being charged following a London prostitution sting was struck and killed by a big rig along Highway 401 Wednesday, The Free Press has learned.

A 55-year-old man was hit by a transport truck on the 401 eastbound lanes at Kitchener at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, OPP said. The man’s identity isn’t being made public because foul play isn’t suspected in the crash that closed a section of the highway for several hours, Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said Thursday.

But sources have identified the deceased as David Mackintosh, who abruptly retired from the Waterloo Regional police less than two weeks after members of the London police human trafficking unit arrested him during a prostitution investigation this spring.

“Sadly I can confirm that it was my client who tragically died yesterday,” Mackintosh’s lawyer, Bruce Ritter, wrote in an email Thursday.

“The family has no further comment but would ask that all respect their privacy at this very difficult time.”

The now-removed leader of the London police human trafficking unit, Sgt. Michael Hay, has been charged with three counts of professional misconduct under the Police Services Act for ordering the unconditional release of a police officer – identified by sources as Mackintosh – who’d been arrested during an investigation into men buying sex in London on April 19.

Hay, who has been since reassigned to general patrol, 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.

Mackintosh retired from the Waterloo Regional police on April 27, a spokesperson for the department said, declining to confirm he was the same man from the London sting.

Mackintosh, of Breslau, a small community east of Waterloo, was charged with communicating for the purpose of prostitution on June 7, court records show.

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

An 18-year service member, Hay is expected to enter a plea next Friday at his hearing. Penalties under the Act include docked pay, suspension without pay, demotion or termination.