Shaamini Yogaretnam, Toronto Sun, November 29, 2017
A former CFL player turned disgraced police officer has been charged by his own force with having sex while on-duty with multiple women in a series of discipline charges that will see the force wanting the badge of its one-time poster boy.
Const. Jason Mallett was hired by the Ottawa Police Service in 2005 and was featured often on recruitment posters and force promotional materials in attempts to highlight the service’s diversity and professionalism.
But Mallett’s poster-boy status didn’t last. He was charged criminally in 2014, which led to an ongoing suspension, then convicted of discipline charges in 2015 and now faces 15 fresh misconduct charges.
Mallett is charged with five counts of insubordination, four counts of deceit, three counts of neglect of duty, two counts of corrupt practice and one count of discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act.
The laundry list of new charges against Mallett stems from a series of incidents between 2013 to 2017, suggesting an alleged pattern of using the police service and police work for his own personal advantage, usually having to do with sex and women.
Police allege that Mallett used his position as an officer to “approach, intercept or accost” a woman. Police separately allege that he used his job and time as an officer to hit on a woman for “private advantage.”
Investigators allege Mallett created fake calls for service so that he could have sex with a woman while he was on duty responding to the fake calls.
Mallett allegedly left his post as an officer while he was on duty multiple times to “engage in personal encounters” with “various female members of the public.” He is alleged to have even left a paid-duty job — that occurs on the private dime rather than the public’s — to have one such encounter.
Police allege that he used his work email to both ask for and send nude pictures, and “sexually explicit emails.”
He’s also charged with falsifying police records by saying he was following up on a call for service that ended days before. The allegedly fake follow-up accounted for more than three hours of his on-duty time.
Mallett allegedly lied to dispatch, reporting “suspicious calls” from an “incoherent and unknown female” whom police say is a woman Mallett knew.
Police also allege that Mallett faked being sick to get out of having to sign in every day as a suspended officer for five days in 2017 while he was out of town and that he separately used the police database, which contains private information, to check up on his co-workers and citizens. Once, he allegedly breached the database at the request of a friend.
Misconduct investigators allege he lied to them twice during his interviews with them.
Police also charged Mallett with discipline offences for failing to secure his firearm in 2014.
Those charges are connected to the criminal charges he faced in 2014. In May 2016, Mallett pleaded guilty to mischief and had a charge of criminal harassment against him dismissed.
Court heard at the time that Mallett was an “award-winning” school resource officer and was once publicly praised by Chief Charles Bordeleau. He was given a conditional discharge for the mischief offence and so will have no lasting criminal record after he was ordered to a year of probation and to complete a counselling program.
Mallett also has previous disciplinary convictions on record. He admitted in 2015 that in 2013 he didn’t turn in two joints he seized from children, unlawfully arrested a teen, and lied to a sergeant about why that boy should be held in a cellblock reserved for adult offenders.
The boy’s mother called it a campaign of harassment against her son. Mallett seized a joint each from two children and didn’t make a single note for his whereabouts and policing efforts for the entire day, which left concerns as to whether he used the drugs, the disciplinary hearing officer said.
The hearing officer also warned that the gravity of his offences meant that if Mallett were to face discipline again, the force would attempt to fire him.
For those disciplinary offences, Mallett was demoted for a year — a penalty that came with a reduction in the pay he was still getting while being suspended from duty.
He has been suspended with pay since October 2014 when the criminal charges against him were laid.
Mallett played in the Canadian Football League for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Edmonton Eskimos.