British Columbia

Former border guard guilty of sex assaults

A jury has found a former border guard guilty of sexually assaulting three women while he was on duty.

A jury has found a former border guard guilty of sexually assaulting three women while he was on duty.

Former Canada Border Services Agency agent Daniel Greenhalgh took the women, on separate occasions in 2007, to hidden locations around the customs building at the Douglas crossing into the U.S., south of Vancouver.

He then told the women to strip in order to avoid being detained at the border, and then touched their bodies.

He did not touch a fourth woman he also had ordered to strip.

The Crown called his actions "an appalling abuse of authority," and said the women only agreed to the humiliating ordeals under duress.

"Throughout the trial, the four complainants have been called liars [by the defence]," said Crown prosecutor Winston Sayson. "The verdict of the jury has settled that question. Who that liar is, that would be Daniel Johnson Greenhalgh."

Greenhalgh, 33, pleaded not guilty to the assault charges and a charge of breach of trust at the beginning of his trial in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster, B.C.

He was also found guilty on the breach of trust charge.