Thursday, June 13, 1991

Andrew Duffy

Junger got paid "dearly" for sex, ex-call girl says

On the night that Roma Langford met then-constable Gordon Junger, she offered to have sex with him for hundreds of dollars, a provincial inquiry has heard. The two met in February, 1989, at a party organized by another police officer.

Langford testified yesterday that the officer was among coterie of police friends - including several unidentified "senior officers" - whom she had come to know over the preceding three years.

"(Junger) said, "Let's go back and have some fun," Langford testified. I said "if you have enough pay for it... and I wasn't (just talking $200 or $300 either." Langford told Junger she could also accept credit cards if the transaction was approved, she said. Junger on duty at the time, agreed instead to exchange phone numbers.

It was the beginning of a stormy 10-month relationship that culminated in his resignation from the police force.

Junger signed a controversial resignation agreement with police on Jan. 19, 1990, more than a month after he was videotaped in a police sting operation selling sex for money.

Langford helped to set up the sting and provided police with information that also led to Junger's arrest on a hash possession charge.

The charge was later withdrawn by a federal prosecutor, acting on a request from Metro police.

Langford said Junger was "extremely exited" and intrigued when he found out she had worked as a high-priced call girl for two or three years.

The inquiry is delving into the conduct of Metro police's internal affairs unit and its investigation of the Junger case.

Within month of moving in with Langford at her Scarborough home, Junger began to accompany her on paid dinner dates, she said. "Gord enjoyed it," said Langford, dressed in a black dress and dark sunglasses. "He could dress up and tag along: he loved the food, the fulfilment, the whole nine yards. Eventually, Junger changed from being a spectator to an actual player in the escort business, she said.

"Sir, your client went to sex calls," she told Junger's lawyer, Peter Rosenthal, who maintained the former constable never had sex with anybody for money. "Gord was going for it," she said. "He liked the idea of a hit-and-run scenario. . . He wanted to make fast money. Junger was paid "very dearly" for sex calls that Langford said she arranged.

Rosenthal called the statement a "total fabrication" and suggested that Langford "seduced" his client into walking into the police sting operation on Dec. 5, 1989.

Langford, however, said she approached officers in the internal affairs unit because of a bitter argument with Junger on the night of Dec. 4. During the argument, Langford threatened to lodge a complaint against Junger with the internal affairs unit. "He said, who would believe me - because I was not a brother (police officer)," Langford testified. "Junger had the guts to tell me I was a nobody."

In two days of testimony Langford has painted Junger as a violent, vindictive man. She claimed that Junger threatened "to take her life if she ever sought to embarrass him. Langford also alleged that Junger "whacked" her during one fight and later put something in her food that made her so sick she spent a week in hospital.

Earlier yesterday, Eddie Greenspan, lawyer for the internal affairs unit, presented Langford with evidence that suggested she had "a damned good sense," Junger would face disciplinary or criminal charges after the sting operation.

In her testimony on Tuesday, Langford said she was duped into taking part in the sting operation and had no idea it would harm Junger's career. Langford admitted she was warned that Junger would likely face Police Act charges.

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