UPDATED: Ex-Montreal cop pleads guilty to charges, including gangsterism

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An ex-Montreal police investigator has pleaded guilty to a charge of gangsterism for selling sensitive information to criminal bikers.

Benoit Roberge entered the plea in a Montreal courtroom Thursday morning.

He also pleaded guilty to breach of trust as he broke down in tears and apologized for his actions, saying it all began when the Hells Angels threatened his family. 

"He took the wrong path and from then on it was a matter of things continuing," Richard Perras, his defence lawyer said.

Roberge also made a call out to other police officers, not to make the same mistake.

He originally faced four charges — one of obstructing justice, one of breach of trust and two related to gangsterism.

The second gangsterism charge, and the obstruction of justice charge were dropped.
 
Roberge claimed he received $125 000 from the Hells Angels, $115 900 was retrieved.  He collaborated with police and lead them to locate close to $95 000 of it.

Crown and defence attorneys are recommending a sentence of eight years, minus the time he's already served in jail.  The maximum time he could serve is 10 years.  A judge will hand down the sentence on April 4.
 
Roberge is a former organized crime investigator who frequently testified as an expert on the Hells Angels at their criminal trials.

He was arrested last October and elected in February to waive his right to a preliminary hearing.

He retired from the Montreal police in August and had been working briefly as an investigator with the province's tax agency since March 2013 until being fired following his arrest.

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