An Ottawa police officer will appear in court later this month for criminal harassment and assault with a weapon after some domestic incidents.

The 44-year-old man is accused in relation to incidents between May and December of this year.

The officer has been charged with two counts of criminal harassment and one count of assault with a weapon.

Police did not release the officer’s name to protect the victim’s privacy. The force’s professional standards section is also investigating and more charges could be laid under the Police Services Act.

The officer has been assigned to administrative duties with strict conditions pending the outcome of the criminal charges.
"This matter is before the courts and it is important that we respect due process," Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said in a statement.  

The officer will appear in court later in December, but the date hasn’t been announced.