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Toronto officer who arrested, released McArthur pleads not guilty to disciplinary charges

Bruce McArthur is shown in a Facebook photo. A documentary on the case of Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur and his victims is set to premiere on CBC later this month. "Village of the Missing," debuting on "CBC Docs POV" on March 22, looks at how McArthur chose his victims as well as their cultural backgrounds and ties to the city's gay village. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Facebook *MANDATORY CREDIT*

A Toronto police officer involved in the 2016 arrest and release of serial killer Bruce McArthur has pleaded not guilty to disciplinary charges.

Lawyer Lawrence Gridin entered the plea this morning on behalf of Sgt. Paul Gauthier during a brief appearance before the Toronto police tribunal.

Gauthier is charged with insubordination and neglect of duty related to his handling of a complaint by a man who alleged McArthur tried to strangle him.

The officer was not present Wednesday. He has yet to appear before the tribunal, with his lawyer citing an undisclosed illness.

Gridin has said his client will be at the hearing to face the accusations against him when the time comes.

A notice of hearing released earlier this year alleges Gauthier did not record a video statement from the complainant or photograph his injuries within 72 hours, as required by the force’s policy on domestic violence investigations.

A date for a hearing has not yet been set, as the parties continue discussions over the disclosure of evidence.

Gridin has said the officer did nothing wrong.

McArthur pleaded guilty in January to eight counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of men with ties to Toronto’s gay village.

He was arrested in January 2018 and an internal probe related to the case began shortly afterwards.