By Tim Alamenciak
Const. Dariusz Kisielewski is suspended with pay after his arrest by Peel’s Internet child exploitation unit.
A veteran Toronto police officer who neighbours describe as a friendly man and father of two is facing charges, including making child pornography.
Information from his own police force prompted an investigation by Peel Regional Police that resulted in the arrest.
Const. Dariusz Kisielewski, 44, is scheduled to appear for a bail hearing Wednesday morning in connection with charges of making and possessing child pornography, as well as three counts of voyeurism.
Neighbours in Old Malton Village, a small cluster of homes north of Pearson airport, were shocked to hear the allegations.
The neighbourhood is nestled in a residential area near the intersection of Derry and Airport Rds. Jets can be seen flying overhead as school buses unload kids on a nearby corner. Paul Jolly, who used to live across the street from Kisielewski, said he frequently saw a Toronto police motorcycle in the officer's driveway.
Kisielewski has two children, one late teens and another a pre-teen, according to Jolly.
“He was the nicest person,” Jolly said, adding Kisielewski's eldest child is blind.
The Peel Regional Police Internet Child Exploitation Unit acted on a search warrant last Thursday, arresting Kisielewski at his home, following an investigation started in July. He has been in custody since.
Peel police Const. Lilly Fitzpatrick said the force received information from Toronto police that prompted the investigation.
Toronto police spokesperson Mark Pugash confirmed Kisielewski, an officer assigned to 22 Division, has since been suspended with pay awaiting the result of the case.
Kisielewski is a uniformed constable and a primary responder, meaning his job is to answer calls on patrol, a police source told the Star, adding that none of the allegations are related to his work or committed on work time.
Const. Fitzpatrick said she couldn’t verify how many alleged victims there are since the investigation is ongoing, but she said Kisielewski faces three counts of voyeurism.
Desmond Reid, who has lived beside Kisielewski for 15 years, said the family next door mostly kept to themselves.
Reid said Kisielewski was friendly with him, but they didn’t spend time together. The charges came as a shock.
“I never would have thought,” Reid said. “Wow. Wow.” Nobody answered the door at the Kiselewski house, the two-storey brown brick building that he took full ownership of in 2005.
Prior to that he shared ownership of the house since 1996. Two different last names — Kisielewski and another — are still written on separate doorbells on the house.
Kisielewski has appeared on Ontario’s “sunshine list,” the annual list of public sector employees making $100,000 or more, for four of the last five years. In 2011, the most recent year documented, he earned $108,282.20.
In 2009, the Polish police service commended a Const. Dariusz Kisielewski in a letter thanking Toronto police for hosting police officers from the Silesia Regional Group of the Polish section of the International Police Association.
According to the regional Polish police’s website, Kisielewski was born in Poland and has worked for the Toronto police since 1988.
After thanking Police Chief Bill Blair and 22 Division, the letter also reads: “last but not least, to Constable Dariusz Kisielewski from 22 Division Toronto Police Service. It is due to such people as Darek that the word policeman sounds proud, boundaries are vanishing and the IPA motto ‘Servo per Amikeco’ stays timeless. The city of Toronto can be proud of such police officers as him.”