The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officer charged with two counts of making indecent phone calls and one count of mischief has pleaded not guilty to all three charges against him.
Sean Joseph Kelly, 45, was not in provincial court when his matters were called Tuesday afternoon.
His lawyer, Jamie Merrigan, entered the not guilty pleas on his client’s behalf.
Two different trial dates were set for the charges, including a two-day trial for one of the indecent phone call allegations and the mischief charge. That case will be heard June 17-18.
A trial for the third charge has been set for July 2. Crown attorney Vikas Khaladkar, who appeared via telephone from St. John’s, said there would be a similar fact application following the first trial because there will be some evidence is expected to be relied on for both trials.
There was some discussion about whether different judges should hear each trial. Merrigan was of the opinion there should be different judges, while Khaladkar did not believe that would be necessary.
Judge Wayne Gorman set the matters for different courtrooms, but said it would be decided after the first trial if it would be a necessity to have different judges hear the two trials.
The allegations against Kelly are that he made indecent phone calls to two different people two days apart in October 2012.
The mischief charge alleges that Kelly made a statement that caused police to enter into an investigation of another person suspected of having committed an offence that person did not commit. The focus of the bogus investigation was not the complainant involved in either of the two charges of making indecent phone calls.
Kelly was placed on administrative duty after the initial investigation into the complaint by the RNC's Professional Standards Division and has since been suspended without pay until his court matters have been dealt with.