Cop who threatened tasing gets conditional discharge
A Toronto police officer who admitted he threatened to Taser a man's genitals was given a conditional discharge on Monday.
Const. Christopher Hominuk, 38, was sentenced to nine months of probation, 50 hours of community service and a $500 fine after being caught on video threatening two people in custody in May, 2010.
He is also required to have no contact with the victims.
On Monday, Ontario Provincial Court Justice Hugh Fraser ruled Hominuk's actions were caused by a medical issue.
The constable, a Type 1 diabetic, pleaded guilty to one count of threatening bodily harm but claimed he was suffering from low blood sugar at the time of the incident.
Toronto lawyer Lawrence Gridin said in a statement outside the courtroom that they are pleased with the trial's outcome.
"We're also pleased that the trial judge accepted the extensive medical evidence that was presented and concluded that a conditional discharge was appropriate," he said.
Video released during Hominuk's trial shows the officer using his Taser to try to exact information from two men in custody.
The video was captured on May 24, 2010, while police were investigating a theft call in Etobicoke. It shows Hominuk holding a Taser to a man's neck while the man lies in handcuffs across the back seat of a police cruiser.
In the same video, the officer can be seen threatening a second man's genitals with the Taser, saying he will be shocked if he fails to co-operate.
In February, a spokesperson for Chief Bill Blair described the officer's behaviour as "disgraceful."
The officer did not discharge his Taser on either prisoner.
The conditional discharge spares Hominuk from a criminal record and should paint the way for him keeping his job. He had been suspended with pay during the trial.
With files from CTV Toronto's John Musselman