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Sexual assault trial of ex-Mountie hears accuser advised not to report him

Last Updated Jun 21, 2017 at 6:16 pm PDT

RCMP Insp. Tim Shields speaks during a news conference in Vancouver on July 5, 2010. A former RCMP employee who alleges she was sexual assaulted by a now-retired inspector in a locked washroom at their Vancouver workplace says she's been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. The complainant told provincial court today she was diagnosed with PTSD after she left her civilian job with the RCMP. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – More disturbing testimony has been heard at the sexual assault trial of former RCMP Inspector Tim Shields.

The woman at the heart of the investigation says she didn’t specifically name Shields when she asked a retired Mountie for support because she was ‘having problems with someone’ at headquarters.

The complainant, who can not be named, says she was advised she would risk being seen as a ‘trouble-maker’ by her supervisors if she filed a formal complaint.

She was a civilian worker at the RCMP’s provincial headquarters in Vancouver in the Fall of 2009 when she claims Shields groped her and exposed himself, then asked her for oral sex.

Her direct testimony before a judge alone is over, but several times, she’s been asked to leave court while prosecutor Michelle Booker and defence counsel David Butcher wrangle over what evidence is admissible.

At one point, Butcher objected to claims Shields confessed to having affairs and told the alleged victim his wife ‘kept him on a short leash.’

The judge has agreed not to consider that evidence.

Under cross examination, the woman admitted she mistakenly reported the assault happened in 2010, but when Butcher kept suggesting she was an active and enthusiastic participant, she insisted that’s not what happened.

After reviewing email exchanges from March of 2010 in which she refers to Shields as a ‘gem’ and a ‘gift,’ she also claims she was trying to protect her job by being nice to a man who was one of her supervisors.

Shields has pleaded not guilty.

The former Inspector who left the RCMP in 2015 has been taking notes during this witness’s three days on the stand.

It’s not clear if he’s going to testify after his lawyer finishes cross-examining his accuser.