Charges dropped against ex-Edmonton women's prison employee accused of sexually assaulting inmate

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Sexual assault charges have been dropped against a one-time employee of Edmonton’s women’s prison.

Peter Wolf was scheduled to begin a trial this week for allegedly confining and sexually assaulting an Edmonton Institution for Women inmate in January 2022.

Instead, prosecutors sought a stay of proceedings, bringing the case to a halt.

“A key witness was not available, and the charges were stayed on May 15,” Alberta Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman Michelle Davio said via email on Tuesday.

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Prosecutors have a year to resume the charges “should the evidence meet the standard for prosecution,” she added.

Wolf was a 55-year-old correctional program officer (CPO) in March 2023 when Edmonton police charged him with sexual assault, unlawful confinement and breach of trust by a public officer.

He worked in Correctional Service Canada’s (CSC) Indigenous correctional programs department. CPOs are tasked with delivering programs — including ones on substance abuse, life skills and violence prevention — to offenders.

Wolf was initially placed on leave. Correctional service spokesman Jeff Campbell confirmed Wednesday that Wolf is no longer an employee.

“CSC employees are expected to act according to the highest legal and ethical standards, and are subject to the rules of professional conduct and code of discipline,” Campbell said in an email.

“Ensuring the safety and security of federal institutions, staff, victims and the public is the correctional system’s highest priority.”

Edmonton Institution for Women is located at 11151 178 St. on the city’s west side. It was built in the mid-1990s to house minimum-, medium- and maximum-security prisoners with space for 167 inmates.

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