Toronto police officer charged in teen sex case
A Toronto police officer has been remanded into custody after making a brief court appearance over allegations he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy and had an inappropriate sexual relationship with another teen.
Const. Brandon Fraser, 24, is accused of sexually assaulting the 14-year-old between January and May 2009.
The alleged "inappropriate" sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy occurred between September 2010 and March 2011, police said in a statement Tuesday.
Fraser has been charged with a count each of sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation.
Wearing a brown T-shirt and dark blue jeans, Fraser stood calmly and silently for his two-minute court appearance Tuesday morning. He was remanded in custody until Wednesday.
"This is not a job-related thing," said Fraser's lawyer, Gary Clewley, outside the court. "Let's remember that he's presumed innocent, too."
Fraser was "friends" with the complainants, Clewley said. He did not offer further details.
"Obviously he's devastated. He's in a jail cell, he's a police officer, so it's not a very good situation," Clewley said.
A member of 42 Division in Scarborough, Fraser has seven months of service with Toronto police.
He was arrested Monday by the force's Professional Standards Unit. He made a brief appearance in court Tuesday morning and has been remanded in custody until Wednesday.
Police said they believe there may be other victims.
Anyone who has relevant information is urged to contact Det. Jason Ferry at 416-808-2827 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Another officer was also charged on Tuesday.
On Sunday night an officer fired two shots into a car during a traffic stop.
No one was injured but Const. Robert Harris is now facing a careless use of a firearm charge.