“The use of a targeted arrest warrant to carry out an interrogation is a trick by the police that constitutionally contradicts the accused’s choice to remain silent,” insisted Stéphanie Pelletier-Quirion, who represents the former skier.
The motion to stay proceedings will be heard for four days before Judge Marie-Claude Gilbert at the Quebec courthouse.
Dominique Laroche was arrested on June 2, 2021, at his home. He was specifically charged with sexual intercourse, solicitation of sexual intercourse, and sexual assault of a minor. The complainant was 13 years old when the inappropriate actions began. He was 25 years old when he last had sex. His identity is protected by a publication ban.
“I have no answer.”
On the morning of June 2, Dominique Laroche was met and then arrested at his home at 7:48 a.m. by detective sergeant Pierre-Luc Morin and a partner. Laroche’s three children left the house during the intervention. The police allowed him to make a few calls for his work, then greet his partner before handcuffing him.
Laroche was then taken to the Sûreté du Québec station in Lac-Beauport around 9:10 a.m., where he had his first call to his lawyer. The ex-skier then drove to SQ headquarters around 10:10 a.m., stopping at Tim Hortons for lunch and coffee.
The interrogation will officially begin at around 10:15 a.m. All 11 hours of interrogation will be heard in court.
From the first minutes, Dominique Laroche showed his intention not to say
“I didn’t answer anything. Absolutely not,” he said clearly.
Investigator Morin tells him he can ask questions at any time. “Nothing,” replied Laroche quickly.
The sergeant would talk to himself for hours. He first explained all the details of the charges filed against him, although Laroche did not ask any questions. Definitions of consent, assault, exploitation, minor age, or position of authority are covered, as well as all possible nuances and exceptions.
With his arms crossed most of the time, Dominique Laroche listened to the investigator without asking a single question. Sometimes he nods and answers in the affirmative.
“Do you understand correctly? Do you have a question?” The sergeant always asked him.
“I think we are completely wasting our time on this. I will wait to talk to my lawyer,” repeated Laroche.
Me Stéphanie Pelletier-Quirion argued that her client expressed his intention to remain silent “more than fifty times” during the 11-hour interrogation. More specifically, Laroche was with the police for 13 hours on June 2, 2021.
“It seems clear that such long detention after the planned arrest, despite the type of arrest warrant that was given, violated the applicant’s rights. This is an entrenched and systematic practice used by investigators but has been criticized in recent years,” continued Me Pelletier-Quirion in his plea.
According to him, no one authorized the police to detain his client for a long time. He even saw abuse on the part of the police, knowing that the arrest and then the long interrogation were planned and that they would force
The prosecution justified the lengthy interrogation with the various stages of the investigation that took place simultaneously. Items were seized, computer equipment was analyzed, and witnesses were met on June 2.
Even after charges have been filed, police can still obtain evidence, said Crown Attorney Michel Bérubé.
The head of the investigation into Dominique Laroche, Karine Cyr, confirmed this subject Monday morning. He explained that the police offered the accused an “opportunity” to give his version of the facts. This opportunity results in an interrogation. According to him, the right to remain silent is respected.
If the Court accepts the stay of proceedings requested by Laroche, Me Bérubé asked Judge Gilbert to impose a “less draconian” solution than staying the cases.
DNA in sex toys
In the last legal episode, Me Bérubé revealed many details of the case.
The ex-freestyle skier had a locked “sex room” in his residence, the lawsuit says. It was reserved for sexual relations with a minor complainant, for whom Laroche had custody.
During the search of his house in June 2021, it is said that sex toys were seized. They are kept in a cabinet locked with a clip, which is placed in the famous “sex room.” After several analyses, the DNA of the alleged victim was found on the sex toys. This evidence will link the accused to his alleged victim.
These facts have never been debated before a judge.
An amazing career
Dominique Laroche is well known in Quebec; he is part of the famous Olympian family of freestyle skiers, the four Laroche brothers.
The sixty-year-old is considered one of the pioneers of the sport. From 1980 to 1983, he accumulated nine podiums, one silver medal, and eight bronzes in the Freestyle Skiing World Cup.
After his retirement from the sport, Laroche remained very close to freestyle skiing in his region. He especially participated in the construction of the jump ramp in Lac-Beauport.
The ex-skier, who now works as a real estate broker, remains free during legal proceedings. He attentively attended to all stages of the request.