(CHATHAM, ON) – A Chatham-Kent Police sergeant, who has been suspended since 2014, has pleaded guilty to 50 counts of discreditable conduct at a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday. Robert Mugridge still faces 50 criminal charges for fraud, after the London Police were asked to investigate by former CKPS Chief Dennis Poole.
A joint submission by the prosecutor, Ian Johnstone, and Mugridge’s defense lawyer, for dismissal, is expected. However, two further Police Act charges, dealing with deceit and corrupt practice, still have to be heard.
At the heart of the matter is that Mugridge, while in uniform, asked about 40 individuals for loans totalling in the thousands of dollars. The majority of the money has yet to be paid back. Some of the victims included auxiliary police officers, business owners, family members, and neighbours.
Mugridge will face the criminal charges in Superior Court this coming May.