There’s been a development in a long-running lawsuit against the RCMP by a female Mountie who claims she was sexually assaulted by her superior officer.
Constable Susan Gastaldo filed the suit in 2011.
That officer, Sgt. Travis Pearson, claims it was a consensual affair – and an RCMP disciplinary board agreed.
But in 2013 Commissioner Bob Paulson cleared Gastaldo of any wrongdoing, saying her right to a fair hearing had been violated because three members of the board showed bias against her when they questioned her credibility and ruled her relations with Pearson were consensual.
Now Gastaldo has amended her suit with new allegations of threats and the mishandling of information.
Gastaldo claims the initial Vancouver Police investigation into the incident contained more than 200 transcription errors, a mistake she alleges RCMP counsel at the time blew off.
It also claims another RCMP superintendent paid a visit to her psychiatrist last year, in a bid to intimidate the doctor.
Her lawyer, Walter Kosteckji, says it was about pressure tactics.
“Dr. Greg Passey was of the view that Susan needed to have her civil claim dealt with before she returned to work so that would provide her with a safe workplace. The superintendent attempted to get him to change his medical opinion from the fact that Susan should not return to work to the fact she should return to work.”
The suit claims Dr. Passey felt threatened after the superintendent allegedly alluded to the possibility of an RCMP complaint to BC’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.
It further alleges then-Assistant Commissioner Craig Callens gave the green light for a disciplinary proceeding against her unless Gastaldo accepted the RCMP’s offer to settle her claim with terms including a consent dismissal order against all parties involved.
Gastaldo remains on medical leave.
CKNW has reached out to the RCMP for comment.