Ottawa Mountie facing child abuse charges out on bail

An Ottawa RCMP officer who has worked for the force's counter-terrorism unit was released on bail over the holidays as he and his wife face several charges of child abuse.

Man, wife arrested in February 2013 in what police called 'horrific abuse' case

An Ottawa husband and wife are facing several charges in what Ottawa police have called one of the worst cases of abuse the force has ever seen. (Courtroom sketches by Sarah Wallace)

An Ottawa RCMP officer has been released on bail as he and his wife face several charges related to a child abuse investigation.

The man was released on Dec. 22 on a $50,000 bond, which the accused and his two brothers combined to pay.

The officer’s lawyer, Bob Carew, said he had been incarcerated for nine months and he will now live in Montreal under 24-hour supervision from his family.

The officer, who is in his early 40s, and his wife, who is in her mid-30s, were arrested in February 2013 at their Ottawa home on three counts each of aggravated assault, two counts of assault with a weapon, one count of forcible confinement and one count of failing to provide the necessaries of life.

Ottawa police sources called it one of the worst cases of abuse they've seen.

The names of the accused have not been released to protect the identity of the victims. There is also a court-ordered publication ban on the names of the accused and victims.

Husband, wife can't communicate

The RCMP said the officer has been on leave since May 2011, but the reason for that is under a court-ordered publication ban.

Police sources have also told CBC News the man worked for the force's counter-terrorism unit but he has been suspended with pay for about a year, RCMP said.

The wife, who has a different lawyer, was released on bail in the summer of 2013. She could not be reached for comment.

The court has ordered the husband and wife not to communicate with each other. They are scheduled to appear in court again on Friday.