‘He examined the waters with me and acquired away with it’: Alleged victims of former RCMP officer declare his behaviour escalated

2021-04-21 08:03:56

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A few of a former Kelowna RCMP officer’s alleged victims imagine that Const. Brian Burkett’s behaviour escalated over time, and that there is perhaps extra girls who bumped into issues with him.

Zoe first met Burkett in Duncan in 2012 after she had known as 911 for assist.

She mentioned she was run off the highway by an aggressive male driver, and the officer texted her to return right down to the station to present a press release.

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“And once I had accomplished that, Const. Burkett turned off his tape recorder, put away his word pad, and instantly started commenting on my look — saying that he preferred my piercings, requested if I had any tattoos,” Zoe mentioned.

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His feedback made her uncomfortable, Zoe mentioned, so she left.

“Not one minute down the highway, my cellphone began buzzing and it buzzed the complete 10-minute drive residence,” Zoe mentioned.

Zoe mentioned Burkett had despatched her no less than a dozen textual content messages.

“All the messages had been sexually suggestive,” she mentioned. “It was clear that he was impulsively, obsessively and aggressively trying to pursue an intimate relationship with me.”

“I noticed that I used to be weak to this one that had entry to all of my private info, together with my residence handle and telephone quantity.”

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Zoe mentioned she was scared and felt violated.

“I felt like this officer who was supposed to assist me to really feel protected and assist me as a sufferer of that crime really made me really feel extra unsafe than that aggressive driver had,” she mentioned.

The officer’s actions prompted her to have interaction in avoidant behaviours, like by no means driving by the RCMP detachment and parking her car in a manner that it’s not protruding, she mentioned.

Zoe mentioned she didn’t reply to Burkett’s messages, and he didn’t textual content her once more. However she didn’t report him on the time.

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“He examined the waters with me and he acquired away with it. And I’ve to stay with it day by day, that I didn’t come ahead then,” she mentioned.

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Burkett’s behaviour had allegedly escalated by the point he met Michelle 4 years later in Kelowna.

Michelle’s title has been modified due to the sexual nature of her allegations in opposition to Burkett.

She mentioned she was driving her boss’s car on a suspended licence when he pulled her over.

Burkett gave Michelle a ticket, after which he known as her a few days later, she mentioned.

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“And he mentioned you realize, if we meet up, then you realize possibly we will work one thing out,” Michelle mentioned.

She mentioned she was shocked when he confirmed up in his personal automobile and never in uniform.

“He’s like, ‘Oh, let’s go for a drive’,” she mentioned. “And I’m like, ‘I can’t go far, I’ve acquired to get again.’ I don’t actually know what’s occurring right here.”

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However she acquired into the automobile, and Burkett took her to a distant space, Michelle mentioned.

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“He saved going and going. And I used to be like, ‘I can’t go this far,” she mentioned. “I’ve acquired to get again, I don’t have a lot time. And I used to be beginning to get actually scared.”

“My coronary heart was beginning to race.”

Michelle mentioned that when Burkett lastly pulled over, he requested for a sexual favour.

She mentioned that he instructed her if she “serviced him,” he would do what he might to get her ticket to go away.

“It was all unsuitable, the entire thing was simply unsuitable. I didn’t know if he had his weapon on him, at that time I didn’t even actually know the place I used to be,” she mentioned.

Michelle mentioned she was scared and felt powerless.

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“After which he began to get sort of a bit forceful, and he was like, ‘This isn’t working,’” she mentioned. “He’s like, ‘Take off your pants’.”

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Michelle mentioned she tried to not cry as he pinned her down.

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“I knew what I used to be doing, I knew that I didn’t need to be doing this, and I knew that at this level, what was I going to do? Like I used to be within the automobile,” she mentioned.

Michelle mentioned, when it was over, Burkett dumped her at a comfort retailer on the sting of city.

“He was like, ‘You’re in a rush, so get out’,” Michelle mentioned.

“He needed to degrade me and to embarrass me and to point out his energy,” she mentioned.

“And when dropped me off, he was like, ‘I don’t suppose I’m going to have the ability to do one thing about that ticket’,” she mentioned.

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Michelle needed to cab again residence.

“And I used to be like, I simply acquired performed. I acquired violated. I used to be scared that I might have gotten damage,” she mentioned.

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Michelle mentioned Burkett continued to sext her and threatened her with jail time as an officer nonetheless concerned in her case.

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“I used to be terrified. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know who to name. I used to be humiliated and embarrassed with myself and with what occurred, so I made the selection to go away Kelowna,” Michelle mentioned.

The allegations in opposition to Burkett haven’t been confirmed in courtroom, and he didn’t reply to requests for an interview.

He’s not a police officer, and he’s going through seven breach of belief fees.

The Crown expects him to plead responsible on June 2.

Burkett was not charged with sexual assault.

Though fees had been by no means laid in Zoe’s case, she and Josie have each filed lawsuits in opposition to the previous officer.

Burkett has not filed a defence in response to any of the civil claims.

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