Brampton Councillor accused of sexual misconduct should be suspended without pay, report says
Wards 9 and 10 Councillor Gurpreet Dhillon has been accused of allegedly sexually assaulting and harassing a woman during his visit to Turkey in 2019. The news came out last year, when Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown asked the city’s integrity commissioner to investigate the allegations. The name of the alleged victim has not been released.
Responding to the report, Coun. Dhillon said,”I completely deny the allegations and conclusions made in this report.”
A report from the Brampton integrity commissioner suggests that city councillor who is at the centre of a sexual misconduct investigation should be suspended without pay for 90 days and be formally reprimanded.
The 268-page report was sent to City this Friday, which was prepared by integrity commissioner Muneeza Sheikh at the request of the office of Mayor Patrick Brown in November. Following are the report’s recommendations:
Dhillon should issue a formal apology to the alleged victim and the general public
Dhillon should be removed from various committees and his ability to travel outside the province for city business should be suspended
Dhillon should be restricted to communications with the public only via e-mail
That he be restricted from accessing municipal offices. He may attend city council meetings, however.
Dhillon has not been charged by any law enforcement agency in connection to the alleged incident, the report noted.
“Our investigators made every effort to assist the RCMP and Turkish Police by forwarding all the information we had to the Turkish Police,” Peel police said in a statement Friday.
Police added that they referred the woman to Victim Services for further support and that they maintain communication with her.
In a statement on Friday, the City of Brampton said,“Violations of the Code of Conduct are dealt with through the complaint protocol administered by the City’s integrity commissioner.” “Council will consider the report and the recommendations of the integrity commissioner at the council meeting on Aug. 5, 2020.”
However, Dhillon denied the allegations and late Friday evening, Dhillon released a letter through his lawyer.
“I completely deny the allegations and conclusions made in this report,” he wrote. “The investigation was flawed from the start and this report is riddled with inconsistencies.”
He called the report as “is a one-sided, politically driven report,” and “it shows clear signs of overreach and disregard for procedural fairness. These deficiencies completely undermine the legitimacy of the investigation and the report.”
He added that he is “fighting back” and will be taking legal action in response.
Dhillon’s lawyer, Nader R. Hasan, said in an e-mail to CityNews that Dhillon “has launched an application for judicial review in Divisional Court challenging the validity of the report and the investigation.”