A veteran and well-respected Winnipeg police officer has been charged with assault and obstructing justice.  

Sgt. Kenneth Molloy, an officer for 24 years, has been released from custody on a promise to appear in court. He has been assigned to administrative duties, having no contact with members of the public.

The Winnipeg Police Service's professional standards unit began a criminal investigation in September 2013 into the conduct of the 47-year-old Molloy,who was recently the head of the service's commercial crimes unit.

The criminal charges were laid following a lengthy investigation and in consultation with Manitoba Justice, according to the Winnipeg Police Service.

The allegations involve conduct that occurred while Molloy was off duty.

No further details were provided by the police.

Throughout his career, Molloy has received several awards and been a speaker at conferences, like the 2014 Fraud Summit in Winnipeg.

He has been a trainer for the Winnipeg police, the RCMP and the Saskatchewan Police College.

In 2002, Molloy received an excellence in law enforcement award from the Manitoba government.

In 2007, he was appointed as a member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by then-Governor General Michaelle Jean. Molloy was recognized for his "enthusiasm, dedication and professionalism in addressing the problem of fraud in Canada through investigations and training."

Also in 2007, he received a Law Enforcement Award of Excellence for Counterfeit Deterrence.

The award presentation cited Molloy as having “worked diligently at the local, provincial and national levels to improve training for officers involved in counterfeiting investigations” and noted that in 2005 he created an annual training course on counterfeit deterrence for the Winnipeg Police Service that is now available to all police agencies in Manitoba.