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Kativik police sued after offender assaults girl in back of police truck

A young woman who was sexually assaulted after being placed in the back of a police truck with a repeat sex offender is suing the Kativik Regional Police in Nunavik.

Officer left handcuffed 17-year-old girl in back of police truck with sex offender

A Nunavik woman is suing the Kativik Regional Police Force for $400,000 after she was raped in the back of a police truck in 2011.

The woman, who was 17 at the time, was sexually assaulted after she was left alone with a repeat sex offender in the back of a locked police truck. 

A young woman who was sexually assaulted after being placed in the back of a police truck with a repeat sex offender is suing the officer, the Kativik Regional Police Force and the Kativik Regional Government. (Jane George/Nunatsiaq News)

The lawsuit names the officer, the police force and the Kativik Regional Government as co-defendants, alleging the police force showed "a serious lack of professionalism and gross negligence" in leaving an inexperienced officer with no handgun in charge of public safety that night in Tasiujaq.

It also alleges the officer showed "an incredible lack of concern for the safety of the plaintiff, who was under her supervision, care and protection." 

According to court documents filed by the plaintiff, residents of a house in Tasiujaq called police to have the 17-year-old, who was intoxicated, removed from the premises.

The documents allege the sole police officer on duty that night had about one month's experience on the force and was not allowed to carry a handgun.

The officer arrested the girl, handcuffing her with her arms behind her back, and put her in the back of the police truck.

Joe Kritik, a man with four previous convictions for sexual assault, was already in the back of the truck, having been arrested and placed there earlier by the officer for causing a similar disturbance at another residence. Kritik was not handcuffed.

Kritik raped the 17 year-old when the officer left them alone in the truck, the doors locked, while the officer went to collect more information in regards to the arrest.

Court documents say the officer was suspended the next day and quit a few days later. Kritik pleaded guilty in 2012 to the sexual assault. 

The lawsuit alleges the girl has post-traumatic stress from the incident, and suffered damages including the "violation of her basic and fundamental right to security."