Former York Police Officer Pleaded Guilty to Child Sex Offences, Gets Just Two Years in Prison
A retired York Regional Police officer was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday. Donald Clark, 67, pled guilty last week to one count of sexual exploitation and sexual interference, both charges related to the sexual abuse of children.
Clark was a York police officer between 1974 and 2006, and had a part-time role driving York police vehicles to garages for repairs from 2007 until his arrest in Nov. 2015.
“York Regional Police will not tolerate the victimization of members of our community,” said York police Chief Eric Jolliffe in a press release Friday.
“Our investigation and charges laid against Mr. Clark clearly demonstrate that there is no statute of limitations to sexual offences and that every person, regardless of their employment, shall be held accountable for their actions.”
Clark was charged in the sexual assaults of four minors over 40 years. For a decade, between 1985 and 1995, his role involved “interaction with children,” while he worked in community outreach, York police said in 2016.
They also said Clark wouldn’t have routinely been alone with children in the course of his duties, but there were moments when he could’ve been.
Clark was arrested on Oct. 30, 2015.
In Feb. 2016, York police said Clark was facing new charges, amid new allegations about two sexual assaults between 1967 and 1970 and a third in 1996.