An RCMP officer is suing BC’s Minister of Justice after suffering a breakdown from being allegedly exposed to a ‘significant volume’ of child porn while working in the Child Abuse and Sexual Offence unit.
Michael Wardrope joined the CASO unit in 2009, and by autumn 2010 court documents say he allegedly starting showing symptoms of a nervous breakdown.
The papers say Wardrope regularly cried while working on files, and that he asked his supervisor to be transferred.
However, his transfer took ten months to complete and, according to the complaint, his physical and mental health were ‘irreparably damaged.’
Mounted Police Professional Association Canada spokesman Rob Creasser says, “It’s a tragedy that somebody has identified that they are failing, and that it’s causing them mental health problems. You need the mental health support in place… and there’s many people that are afraid to come forward because they feel that it will affect their careers.”
Wardrope was diagnosed with PTSD in 2012, and since that time has been on sick leave.
He is suing the crown for general damages, past loss of income and loss of future pension benefits.
None of these claims has been tested in court.