Friday, May 20th, 2005
David Milne, Canadian Press
May 20, 2005
Former Provincial Court judge David Ramsay preyed on girls
PRINCE GEORGE – An investigation into the sexual assaults of young prostitutes by former Prince George judge David Ramsay has led police to probe the actions of two RCMP officers who were once stationed in the city. Prince George RCMP media liaison officer Const. Mike Caira said Thursday that police have conducted a criminal investigation into allegations of misconduct by the officers. “It was all part and parcel of the same investigation,” said Caira.
On Wednesday the RCMP said the officers had been suspended with pay while the investigation continued into allegations of their having had sex with under-age prostitutes. Ramsay, a former provincial court judge, was sentenced to seven years in jail after pleading guilty to four sexual assault charges involving young Aboriginal women – some of whom he had dealt with in court – and breach of trust. He preyed upon the four girls who ranged in age from 12 to 17 years during an eight-year period beginning in 1992. One girl described how the judge smashed her head on the dashboard of his car when she refused to have unprotected sex with him and then raped her. Ramsay promised another girl he’d let her off in sentencing if she kept quiet about him.
Ramsay was sentenced to jail in June 2004, but following this police asked the victims not to speak to the media because they were continuing the investigation into what other “notable men” might also have done to them. At the time of sentencing the RCMP were criticized for not being quick enough to investigate Ramsay after reports of his abuses had been circulating in the city for at least three years. The RCMP investigation began in 2002 when one of the women appearing before Ramsay in a custody matter concerning her son recognized him. She broke down and went to the police.