RCMP in central Newfoundand say a Mountie removed from active duty over an allegation of assault now faces new charges over incidents that date back to the 1990s.  

The force said in a statement Friday that the unnamed Gander-based officer, who was suspended while facing an assault charge laid after an incident last weekend, was the subject of newly uncovered information.

"During the course of the ongoing investigation, information was uncovered suggesting additional incidents dating back to 1996 involving the RCMP member," police said in a statement.

The officer was arrested Friday on seven new charges of assault, as well as one count of assault with a weapon.

RCMP said the officer was off duty during all of the events that led to the charges.

RCMP said the force is "not releasing the accused's name to protect the identities of victims identified in the ongoing investigation."

The officer appeared in provincial court Friday, and was released on conditions that included having no contact with the complainants.