Canadian woman suing police after being raped by sex offender while in police custody The woman was just 17 years old when police in Tasiujaq, Quebec handcuffed her and put her in the back of a police van for being drunk. 24-year-old sex offender Joe Kritik, who was not in handcuffs, was in the back of the van as well, and he took his pants off and was on top of her when the cop stopped the van and left. BY David Harding NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, February 1, 2015, 9:50 AM YouTube Kativik Police from northern Quebec are being sued by a woman who was sexually assaulted after being put into a police van with an unhandcuffed sex offender. A woman in Canada is suing after police locked her in the back of a van with a convicted sex offender who then raped her. The woman was 17 years old at the time of the attack, reports the Independent. She is seeking $400,000 in damages. The incident, which has just come to light, happened in September 2011. The teenage girl was held by police on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly in Tasiujaq, an Inuit village in Quebec. She was handcuffed and put into the back of a van, where 24-year-old Joe Kritik was already sitting, but without handcuffs. Lynette Chubb/Wikimedia Commons The woman, who was 17-year-old a the time, was picked up in Tasiujaq for being drunk and disorderly in September of 2011. Kritik was on Canada's sex offender registry and had four convictions for sexual assault. An officer stopped the vehicle then left and when she returned found Kritik with "his pants down while on top of the plaintiff," the claim statement says. After she was assaulted the teenager was still kept in a cell overnight, not giving any medical attention nor were her parents told about the incident, reported the Independent. Kritik was sentenced to 39 months in prison for the assault.