Former CEO sues RCMP, Métis Nation of Alberta for $10 million


Dwayne Roth was charged with two counts of sexual assault in 2020.

A woman alleged that he sexually assaulted her at a party and at a hotel in 2017.

He lost his job as the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Fort McKay Métis Group as a result of the charges.

In June of this year, those sexual assault charges were withdrawn before his trial began.

A month later, Roth filed a $10-million lawsuit against the RCMP, the Métis Nation of Alberta, and its president Audrey Poitras, along with several individuals.

He alleges the RCMP failed to interview witnesses and did not properly investigate.

“The police didn’t look into it enough,” he said. “They could have seen that there were holes in the case. They should have looked at it better.

Witnesses

“They should have investigated and talked to some of the witnesses. Any of the witnesses. Even ask me. They never came to talk to me about the case until I was charged.”

According to Roth’s statement of claim, there was a “conspiracy” amongst Poitras and other individuals to fabricate the sexual assault allegation.

Roth is seeking compensation for loss of past and future income, as well as damage to his reputation.

“As a result of being charged, I was fired from my job,” Roth said in an interview. “No fault to Fort Mckay for firing me. I mean it was very serious and it harmed their ability to conduct business when their CEO is facing serious charges. They had to do what they felt they needed to do. As a result, my income was affected.

“My future income is affected,” he added. “My mental health is affected. My wife, my poor wife, had to go through..she stood right by me all through, right by my side because she knows in her heart what did not happen. What the truth is.”

The RCMP head office did not reply to APTN‘s request for comment.

The Métis Nation of Alberta also declined to comment because the issue is before the courts.

Video Journalist / Edmonton

Chris Stewart has been in the media for 20 years. He has worked at CBC, Global and CTV as a news camera operator and editor. Chris joined APTN in 2012 in the Saskatoon Bureau and moved to APTN Edmonton bureau in 2015 as a Videojournalist.