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Updated: 11th February 2019 10:03

Calgary police officers convicted of corruption to face sentencing hearing

A sentencing hearing is set to take place this morning for three current and former Calgary police officers who are guilty of corruption-related offences.

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Bryan Morton, Brad McNish and Anthony Braille were convicted in April

Current and former Calgary police officers Bryan Morton, Brad McNish and Tony Braile were convicted of corruption-related offences. The trio worked for a private investigation firm that targeted a local mother in the middle of a custody dispute. (Meghan Grant/CBC)

A sentencing hearing is set to take place this morning for three current and former Calgary police officers who are guilty of corruption-related offences.

Brian Morton, Brad McNish and Anthony Braile were convicted last April after being found to have participated in a two-year campaign targeting a woman who was in the middle of a bitter custody dispute.

The victim was Akele Taylor, whose wealthy ex-boyfriend, Ken Carter, hired a private investigation firm to harass her.

The firm was run by retired CPS officer Steve Walton and his wife, Heather. They employed current and former officers, including Morton, McNish and Braile.

The Waltons and Carter were also convicted of charges related to the harassment of Taylor. 

Akele Taylor's ex, Ken Carter, hired a private investigation firm to harass her in order to gain custody of their daughter. (Instagram/Supplied)

Taylor testified she was terrorized for two years as the Waltons and their employees surveilled, stalked and harassed her. 

A GPS unit was installed on her car, and friends of Taylor were offered thousands of dollars in exchange for disclosing negative information about her.  

It's not yet known what defence lawyers or Crown prosecutors will seek for a sentence or if Justice Bryan Mahoney will reserve his decision or make a ruling on Monday.

Braile and Morton were convicted of bribery, harassment and unauthorized use of a computer system. Morton also faced a guilty verdict on a charge of breach of trust.

McNish was found guilty of unauthorized use of a computer system and breach of trust.

​The charges of bribery and unauthorized use of a computer system relate to the officers being paid to do searches on internal Calgary Police Service databases — CPIC and PIMS.   

A sentencing hearing will take place later this year for Carter and the Waltons. 

Defence lawyers Pat Fagan, Jim Lutz and Paul Brunnen represent Braile, Morton and McNish, respectively.

Leah Boyd and Julie Snowdon are prosecuting the trio.

Braile was fired by CPS in 2016 for professional misconduct relating to a 2008 high-speed chase. Morton and McNish remain suspended without pay.

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Meghan Grant

CBC Calgary reporter

Meghan Grant is the courts and crime reporter for CBC Calgary.

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