It looks like a controversial RCMP officer is no longer with the force.
In a statement to Global BC, RCMP Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens says Corporal Jim Brown’s carrer with the RCMP is over.
Brown is best known for sexually explicit photos of himself wearing little but his Mountie-issued boots… but a disciplinary hearing over the matter was recently “adjourned indefinitely.”
But Callens says “as the date for the [latest] hearing approached, [Brown] submitted his discharge papers.”
It caps four years since the Coquitlam Corporal was suspended with pay.
Brown was eligible to retire with full pension, after almost 28 years of service with the RCMP.
In 2012, bondage pictures emerged of Brown in sexually explicit poses with a woman.
They were posted by Brown on a personal account on the “bondage, BDSM & fetish” community Fetlife, which he believed would be private.
The pictures ended up being released to media, which subsequently sparked an internal R.C.M.P. investigation and Brown was put on paid leave.
Four-year wait for hearing
Last week CKNW learned the matter has been adjourned indefinitely.
But we have now uncovered why that may be the case.
Brown collects years of service even while he is suspended, and with almost 28 years with the Mounties he already qualifies for a full pension if he retires.
That pension can “max out” if he hangs on for several more years.
In an email, the R.C.M.P. say their Code of Conduct only applies to current employees, and if a member retires they cannot have further internal discipline imposed on them.
Being suspended for four years with pay means taxpayers have paid Brown more than $335,000 while he’s been off the job.
Each year another $85,000 gets added to that tab.
Corporal keeping busy
He may not be on the job, but Brown has been active.
R.C.M.P. policy dictates he must report to the nearest detachment daily, or on a schedule agreed to by his commanding officer.
Mounties will not say how often that is, citing privacy concerns.
But other than that, what has the Coquitlam corporal been up to?
Court documents filed in a 2014 lawsuit against the Vancouver Sun and Postmedia describe Brown as a man harmed as a result of alleged defamation and public attention in this case.
The civil claim says Brown has suffered “severe emotional distress, psychological injury…anxiety and depression,” and has needed medical treatment and counselling.
None of those allegations have been proven in court.
However, that doesn’t mean Brown has been sitting at home.
A Twitter account belonging to Brown (@3rdCAV_Ghost) shows the motorcycle enthusiast on long trips around North America.
In the past few years he has attended numerous events with the Canadian Army Veterans motorcycle club.
With that group, Brown has gone on trips along the Oregon Coast to California, and to Edmonton.
He has also been active with various charitable initiatives.
Brown also hosts a weekend web-radio show on paranormal activity.
Under the pseudonym James Tyson, Brown appears on “Spaced Out Radio” every Saturday and Sunday.
His bio on the website describes Brown as “a 27-year veteran of the Royal Canadian mounted Police” who has worked across Canada.
Brown uses another Twitter account for his weekend radio show, @jamestysonSOR.
You can watch a video of Brown interviewing guests on his show here:
CKNW has reached out to Brown for comment, but has yet to hear back.