The former Canada Border Services Agent (CBSA) accused of improperly strip-searching four women at the Peace Arch/Douglas Border crossing has been found guilty of sexual assault in B.C. Supreme Court.
A jury found David Johnson Greenhalgh, 30, guilty of four counts of sexual assault and one count of breach of trust of a public office, according to reports published in The Vancouver Sun.
The incidents occurred between April 12 and May 26, 2007.
In the May 26 incident, Greenhalgh questioned an 18-year-old woman crossing the border for more than an hour about smuggling drugs and told her she either needed to submit to a strip search or be confined to a holding cell.
Greenhalgh conducted the strip search in a men’s public restroom for the disabled, where he patted the woman down around her breasts and pubic area after telling her to remove her clothes.
After the woman was released, her mother entered a complaint, which started a RCMP investigation. During the investigation, two other women, a 19 and a 20-year-old, came forward and testified Greenhalgh had strip-searched them and touched them in a similarly inappropriate manner while they were traveling across the border together on April 13, 2007.
A fourth woman said she had also been strip searched, but had not been touched by Greenhalgh.
According to CBSA regulations, strip searches can only be performed when there are at least two guards present who are the same sex as the person being searched. Greenhalgh was dismissed from the CBSA following his arrest.