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Two York police officers charged in corruption investigation

Last Updated Oct 10, 2018 at 8:04 pm EDT

A York Regional Police badge is shown in a 2014 file photo. CITYNEWS

Two York Regional Police officers face a number of charges following a 10-month investigation into corrupt practices involving a total of seven people.

Following an investigation that began in January of this year, 44-year-old Const. Richard Senior is facing up to 30 charges including attempted armed robbery, theft and illegal possession of a police shotgun, disclosing confidential police information and trafficking of cocaine and steroids.

Const. Timur Timerbulatov, 36, is facing charges of Breach of Trust and Unauthorized use of a computer not for police purposes.

Senior, a 14-year member of the force, faces a court appearance next week. He’ll be suspended with pay if he’s released.

Timerbulatov has been a member of the York force since 2015. He has been suspended with pay.

“This is unacceptable criminal behaviour that will not be tolerated by members of our organization,” said police chief Eric Joliffe, who called it a “difficult investigation.”

“It is not a reflection on the dedicated, hard-working and extremely professional York Regional Police members working together each and every day to keep our community safe.”

Five other people – ranging in age form 36 to 68 – have also been charged: Catherine Petrolo of Toronto, Jean Christie of Quinte West, Sherry Wafer of Toronto, George Papoutsos of Richmond Hill and Fabian Wills of Markham. All face charges ranging from obstruction of justice and uttering forged document to trafficking steroids, possession of marijuana and unauthorized possession of a firearm.