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London officer faces 23 new charges including insubordination and deceit

A London police constable who was disciplined earlier this year for several convictions under the Police Services Act is now facing 23 additional charges. The charges against Const. Stephen Williams were laid Monday during a hearing a London Police Headquarters.

This is not the first time Const. Stephen Williams has been charged under the Police Services Act

A London police constable who was disciplined earlier this year for several convictions under the Police Services Act is now facing a string of new charges.

At a hearing Monday at police headquarters, 23 additional charges were laid against Const. Stephen Williams.

The new charges include:

  • 12 counts of discreditable conduct 
  • Eight counts of insubordination
  • Two counts of neglect of duty
  • One count of misconduct by deceit.

One of the counts of discreditable conduct alleges that Williams "sexually assaulted a member of the public." Another alleges that he "engaged in harassing behaviour in the treatment of a member of the public." 

Several of the insubordination charges allege Williams conducted background checks on individuals using the Canadian Police Information Centre Database for personal reasons.

Details of the charges are expected to emerge as the hearing progresses. 

Williams, 43, appeared Monday but did not enter a plea to the new charges.

In July, the officer pleaded guilty to one charge of neglect of duty and two counts of discreditable conduct. Those charges related to a criminal investigation which found Williams had ordered bail checks and unauthorized background checks on his friend's estranged wife.

Williams was docked six days pay for his behaviour.

The hearing dealing with the new charges has been put over to a teleconference involving all parties on November 21.