Suspended police officer expected to plead guilty to some charges

Rosie Mullaley
Published on May 27, 2014

A suspended Halifax Regional Police officer in trouble with the law is expected to plead guilty to charges in St. John’s next month.

But just which charges he plans to enter guilty pleas on has yet to be determined.

Const. Chris Mosher appeared in provincial court in St. John’s this morning via video link from Her Majesty’s Penitentiary, where he’s been in custody for the past few weeks.

Defence lawyer David Bright was in the courtroom and spoke on his client’s behalf.

Crown prosecutor Shawn Patten told Judge Jim Walsh that they’re expecting the case “to be dealt with expeditiously.”

Bright said he and Patten will have discussions about the case in the coming weeks. They agreed to have the matter return to court June 3.

Mosher was arrested just after midnight on May 11 at a bar on George Street. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary had received a complaint from a citizen four days earlier.

He was charged with nine counts of breaching conditions of an undertaking. That’s in addition to four counts of breaching court orders, which were imposed last month.

In April, Nova Scotia’s Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) arrested Mosher after he reportedly possessed alcohol, contrary to his release orders. Those matters allegedly took place in Lantz, Dartmouth and Halifax.

In February 2013, SIRT charged Mosher with sexual assault and administering a noxious substance. Those charges stem from an incident said to have taken place in Mosher’s Eastern Passage home in November 2012, involving a woman. A preliminary inquiry on those charges is scheduled for June in Dartmouth provincial court.

Mosher was suspended from the force with pay in December 2012, but his pay was cut off in September 2013.

According to Halifax media reports, Mosher has been a police officer for four years. In his first year with the force he was charged with assault after a domestic dispute in 2009. He was placed on administrative leave, but reinstated after the Crown withdrew the charges.

As a cadet, Mosher was dismissed from the regional police training program, but was later reinstated.

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