An RCMP constable has been charged with two counts of sexual assault relating to incidents in 2012 and 2016, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team announced Thursday.
Const. Jason Tress faces one count of sexual assault and one count of breach of trust in relation to a 2016 incident involving one woman while he was on duty at the Red Deer detachment.
The 30-year-old Mountie faces an additional breach of trust charge for a second 2016 incident involving a different woman that occurred at the detachment.
Tress, who has served in the RCMP for eight years, also faces one count of sexual assault in relation to a 2012 incident involving a third woman while Tress was serving at a rural RCMP detachment.
Tress was suspended with pay in August 2016 as a result of the initial allegation and is scheduled to appear in Red Deer provincial court April 12.
The identities of the three women are protected by a publication ban.
ASIRT executive director Susan Hughson told a news conference at ASIRT headquarters in Edmonton the case that launched the investigation was reported to the RCMP in July 2016.
They in turn notified Alberta’s director of law enforcement, who monitors how public complaints against police are handled and provides police oversight in Alberta.
The RCMP were not involved in the investigation after the initial complaint.
“The RCMP were very co-operative,” Hughson said.
“I think everybody takes these…
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