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Toronto Star - Oct. 13, 2006 - Bob Mitchell, Staff reporter.
Girls to testify against Peel policeman
Seven young girls may testify behind a screen when they give evidence against a Peel police officer accused of making inappropriate contact with them.
Staff Supt. Roman Boychuk was to render his decision today before a Police Services Act tribunal gets underway.
Peel Const. Roger Yeo, 36, of Mississauga yesterday pleaded not guilty to discreditable conduct in connection with allegations involving the young girls and others while he was off-duty.
Prosecutor Linda Bordeleau alleges Yeo acted in a disorderly manner and brought discredit to the police force when he allegedly watched and followed several young girls at different times between June 8 and Oct. 7 last year at recreation centres, schools and malls in Mississauga.
Tribunal documents indicated at least 13 young girls are alleged to have been approached.. It's alleged Yeo would ask them for directions to various Mississauga locations, often telling them to "come closer" to his private vehicle because he couldn't hear them.
The seven girls, all under 16, are being called as witnesses against Yeo, who worked as a uniform patrol officer at 21 Division in Brampton. He has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of his case.
Peel Det. Dave Andrews, lead investigator, told the tribunal all seven girls have said they had concerns about testifying in front of Yeo although none said they wouldn't be able to give evidence.
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