Veteran police officer charged with bribery after allegedly provided confidential information to a suspect in a drug investigation

A veteran Toronto Police Service officer faces a bribery charge after he allegedly provided a suspect in a drug investigation with confidential information in exchange for money.

Bryan Correia, a 21-year veteran, was suspended with pay three years ago after he was charged in October 2018 with breach of trust and criminal counsel. Those charges were postponed on December 6, 2018.

Correia has been out of work and was arrested again on Friday and charged with breach of trust and taking a bribe.

He also faces multiple Police Service Act charges, says a Toronto Police press release.

It is alleged that in the fall of 2018, while working with the force’s organized crime control unit, he was communicating, via a messaging app and a telephone, with a man who was a suspected suspect in an investigation of York Regional Police drugs.

“The man offered the officer a sum of money to provide confidential police information,” which police say was provided by Correia, according to a press release released by the TPS Professional Standards Unit.

He is scheduled to appear in court next month.

“Detective Bryan Correia will vigorously defend (himself) against these allegations,” wrote Toronto defense attorney Joanne Mulcahy in an email.

In addition, this week Toronto police arrested and charged Gordon Broadhead, 41, with breach of trust and offering of a bribe. Broadhead is alleged to be the man who bribed the police veteran to obtain secret information from the police.

Broadhead’s name came up during the trial of York Regional Police Officer Richard Senior, who was convicted of corrupt practices earlier this year. In her sentence convicting Senior, Superior Court Judge Vanessa Christie said that Broadhead was previously a friend of Senior, but that the friendship had ended.

Betsy Powell is a Toronto-based reporter covering crime and courtroom for The Star. Follow her on Twitter: @powellbetsy

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