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Sheriff's officers entangled in porn video case charged with sexual assault

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Two Manitoba sheriff’s officers at the centre of a high-profile civil court case are now facing criminal charges for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a 30-year-old woman.

Richard Gordon, 45, and Jackie Burgoyne, 34, were arrested Wednesday following a police investigation that began with a complaint in May. The Free Press uncovered details of the case through court documents Friday, prior to Winnipeg police issuing a news release confirming the arrests.

"It was reported that the victim attended to the residence of a male and female acquaintance. While at the residence, a substance was administered rendering the victim unconscious. When the victim woke up, she discovered that she had been sexually assaulted," police said in the release.

Gordon and Burgoyne have both been released on promises to appear in court on Jan. 8. The allegations have not been proven and they are presumed innocent.

The pair have been involved in a six-year legal saga with an amateur Winnipeg porn star which made headlines across the country but continues to gather dust with no apparent end in sight.

The dispute was set to go to trial in 2010, but those dates were adjourned and no new ones have been set. Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench Justice Brenda Keyser has been appointed to mediate discussions between the parties to see if an out-of-court settlement can be reached.

Gordon and Burgoyne, who have been living common-law for several years, were suspended without pay in December 2006 after justice officials learned of a racy online video that showed them in consensual sex acts with a woman named Oshean de St. Claire de Guise. Oshean's website revealed an explicit, 45-second clip of the video and encouraged visitors to purchase a membership to see the entire 40-minute romp. The website contained several other videos and promises: "No paid actors and no script... this is REAL reality porn."

The couple got their jobs back in early 2007 and also filed a lawsuit, claiming they didn't knowingly consent to having the video become public. They met Oshean and her husband, Johannes, in a Winnipeg bar during Grey Cup week in November 2006 and said they agreed to be filmed "privately" for their own viewing pleasure.

Lawyers representing Oshean and Johannes fired back, saying the sheriffs knew exactly what they were getting into and don't have a legal leg to stand on in trying to quash the video they have dubbed The Grey Cup Blond. They have also produced signed consent forms in which the sheriffs agreed to "participate in adult photo/video production for commercial purposes."

A judge ordered a temporary injunction in April 2007 that ordered Oshean to remove the specific video from her website. He refused to shut down the entire site as the sheriffs had requested.

However, the saucy video remains in legal limbo and could be re-posted and distributed for sale if Oshean and her husband get a favourable ruling.

Both sheriffs say their lives have been forever affected by their involvement in the videotaped encounter. They claim Oshean and Johannes plied them with alcohol, which likely contributed to them not understanding the apparent terms of the consent forms they signed.

Oshean and Johannes claim the sheriff's officers initiated the sexual acts that night by asking numerous questions about the adult entertainment business. The couple claimed they were "swingers" with previous experience in group sex, according to court filings.

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