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April 23, 2010

Immigration Judge found guilty of sexual blackmail in refugee case

An article published earlier this week in the Toronto Star stated that ex-immigration judge, 51 year old Steve Ellis was found guilty for using his power as a judge of the Immigration and Refugee Board to attempt to seduce a refugee claimant, 25 year-old Jie Hye Kim.

Kim’s boyfriend became suspicious of Ellis’ intentions towards Kim and recorded and videotaped meetings between Ellis and Kim at Kim’s place of work. Justice Thea Herman of the Ontario Superior Court stated the following:

“There is no doubt that Mr. Ellis intended to use his public office — in particular, his considerable power over Ms. Kim — for his own benefit, that is, for an intimate relationship with Ms. Kim…”

To access the full Toronto Star article, click here.

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