A disgraced Windsor-born Toronto cop facing an array of corruption, assault and sex assault charges is out on bail.
On Friday evening, after a lengthy hearing presided by Justice Richard Gates, 44-yearold Ned Maodus was released from custody for the first time in five months.
“I’ll win,” said Mr. Maodus when asked his opinion of the charges that remain levelled against him in several jurisdictions across the province.
The former member of the Toronto police drug squad would not offer further comment about his time in jail, but acknowledged he will now be living with his 81-year-old mother in her downtown residence.
“Which is where he was residing before all this ‘in custody’ stuff,” said Mr. Maodus’s lawyer Patrick Ducharme.
Mr. Ducharme said he was “very happy” with the outcome of Friday’s bail hearing, and stressed that his client is not a danger to the public. “Absolutely, the public has nothing to fear. This man has been a police officer for 20 years.”
According to Mr. Ducharme, Mr. Maodus has suffered in custody, especially during two months at Maplehurst Correctional Complex where he lived in “deplorable conditions.”
Mr. Ducharme said Mr. Maodus was confined to a cell with “bodily substances on the wall” and was forced to sleep on a mattress only a half-inch thick.
Mr. Ducharme said the Maplehurst cell measured seven feet by seven feet in floor space, and the cramping aggravated Mr. Maodus’s osteoarthritis. “He’s six foot three. He used to weigh 200 pounds. He now weighs 170 pounds. He’s lost 30 pounds in custody.”
Smoking a cigarette as he left the Superior Court of Justice in Windsor, Mr. Maodus would not speak about his jail conditions, but indicated his thin frame — still clad in prison issue clothes.
Mr. Maodus has been held since March 12 when he was arrested for allegedly attacking his then girlfriend. He was acquitted of those charges on July 21 after the woman recanted her story, saying she “felt bad” for not telling the truth.
In March, Mr. Maodus was also acquitted of charges stemming from an alleged road rage incident in 2005, due to the lack of believability in the complainant’s testimony.
Mr. Ducharme said he expects more of the charges against Mr. Maodus will turn out favourably for his client.
According to Mr. Ducharme, at least half of the approximately 40 total charges against Mr. Maodus have already been or will soon be materially affected or dismissed.
“The fact is, he’s facing far fewer charges than he was before,” Mr. Ducharme said.
Mr. Maodus is one of six Toronto police officers who have been charged as a result of an RCMP probe into alleged corruption in the Toronto police drug squad.
But Mr. Ducharme said he believes several of those corruption-related charges will be dismissed or withdrawn after Justice Casey Hill’s ruling last week that drugs and guns allegedly found in Mr. Maodus’s Orangeville home aren’t admissible as evidence due to a “very, very serious breach of (Maodus’s) constitutional rights.”
Mr. Ducharme said there are “stringent conditions” attached to Mr. Maodus’s bail. A total surety of $45,000 was posted for Mr. Maodus’s release.
Along with living in his mother’s home, Mr. Maodus must regularly check in with a police officer when he’s in Toronto for court appearances.
“He’s essentially under house arrest,” Mr. Ducharme said.
Asked how Mr. Maodus was feeling after Friday’s bail hearing, Mr. Ducharme replied: “I’ve never been kissed by a client. He kissed me three times.”
…this post forwarded by a Windsor Humanist, Alexander Hodgins, after an August 4, 2007 article by Dalson Chen in The Windsor Star