Former high profile police spokesman to find out his fate today

By The Canadian Press
December 20, 2017 - 6:52am Updated: December 20, 2017 - 11:22am

VANCOUVER — A retired R-C-M-P inspector is expected to learn his fate today as a verdict in his sexual assault trial is due in provincial court in Vancouver.

Tim Shields, the former high-profile spokesman for the Mounties in this province, has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault alleged to have occurred in 2009 at the R-C-M-P's headquarters in Surrey.

The Crown argues Shields had a ``mistaken belief'' about the woman's consent when he had her follow him into a unisex bathroom and then fondled her and placed her hand on his genitals.

Shields, who left the force in late 2015 and was charged several months later, has said the woman -- who can't be identified -- ``actively and enthusiastically'' participated in sexual acts and made no attempt to escape from the washroom.

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