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TORONTO: There is further trouble for Indo-Canadian Toronto Police officer Mandip Sandhu, 37, who was jailed for 15 months last year for demanding oral sex from a Chinese-origin masseuse here.
The 46-year-old victim has now slapped a over $ 1 million lawsuit against him and the Toronto Police Service Board which supervises the city police.
Sandhu was convicted and sentenced for 15 months in June last year after he was convicted of sexual assault on the Chinese woman when he entered her spa in North York for `inspection’ in June 2010.
The veteran of 11 years in the Toronto Police was convicted on the basis on his DNA that the victim had spit into the wash basin.
Though Sandhu is free as his appeal against his sentencing is pending, the victim has now dragged him and his employer (the Toronto Police Service Board) seeking over $1 million for the trauma which shattered her and destroyed her marriage.
In her lawsuit, the victim recalls how Sandhu entered her spa premises, flashed his badge and asked her to perform oral sex on him. “During the assault, (she) could feel Sandhu’s gun pressing against her head,’’ the Toronto Sun quotes her saying in her lawsuit.
After the sexual assault when Sandhu left her spa, he warned her not to speak to anyone.
The victim says she was happily married with a five-year-old daughter at that time. But the trauma of sexual assault by the Toronto Police cop destroyed her marriage and she was forced to flee the city.
The victim alleges in her lawsuit that her co-worker “recognized Sandhu as the man who had regularly attended at another North York spa where she had worked and where he sexually assaulted other estheticians. However, the other victims had been too afraid and ashamed to report Sandhu’s sexual assaults on them.’’
She has named the Toronto Police Services Board because they didn’t have a rigorous inspection policy so officers “would not be tempted to abuse and exploit their privileged access to such establishments,’’ the Sun report says, quoting the lawsuit.
Interestingly, the Toronto Police Services Board is headed by Indo-Canadian Alok Mukherjee.