Closing arguments on Thursday wrapped up an internal police disciplinary hearing into the cellblock conduct of Sgt. Steven Desjourdy in 2008, and a decision is expected in April.
In September 2008, Desjourdy left a female prisoner half naked; her shirt and bra had been cut off during a strip search after she mule kicked an officer in the cellblock area.
It took more than three hours for Desjourdy to provide her with temporary clothing called a blue suit.
He was charged with sexual assault, but was later acquitted. The police disciplinary hearing will determine whether Desjourdy was guilty of discreditable conduct.
If he is found guilty, Desjourdy could face demotion from sergeant to constable.
Testimonies inconsistent, prosecutor argues
On Thursday afternoon, prosecutor Robert Houston argued — as he argued during cross examination on Wednesday — that Desjourdy's testimony in the internal hearing and testimony he made under oath during a preliminary hearing three years ago was inconsistent.
In this week’s hearing, Desjourdy testified that his reason for the delay was “safety reasons” because he worried she might be suicidal and could use the blue suit to strangle herself.
Three years ago, Desjourdy said he left her alone for so long because he had other duties to attend to, Houston pointed out.
Houston argued that the issue isn't whether Desjourdy told the truth during the woman's preliminary hearing in 2010, but whether he's "credible and reliable" today.
Lack of rules on blue suits created 'no man's land,' defence argues
Defence lawyer Michael Edelson, who also represented Desjourdy during his criminal trial, argued there is no evidence that Desjourdy brought discredit to the police service.
He said that the lack of rules about temporary blue suits created a "no man's land."
He also pointed out that nearly two hours after finally being given a blue suit, the woman still hadn't put it on, and added that the woman was violent, aggressive, belligerent, profane and "the author of her own misfortune."
The adjudicator is expected to make a decision on April 8.