A Thunder Bay police officer faces a charge of common assault in connection with an incident involving a First Nations youth.

The charge against Constable Steven Oster follows an investigation conducted by Greater Sudbury Police, which was requested by Thunder Bay Police Chief J.P. Levesque.

It was made after a complaint that an off-duty officer had been involved in an altercation with a 12-year-old youth and his father at a hockey tournament at the Neebing Arena on Jan. 10.

The incident was brought up by the boy's father during a Jan. 15 community meeting about First Nations safety in Thunder Bay. The next day, following calls from CBC News, Thunder Bay Police issued a news release about the investigation.

Oster is a seven-year veteran of the Thunder Bay Police Service.

He is scheduled to appear in court March 19.

Pending the conclusion of the court proceedings, Deputy Chief Andy Hay said Oster will be assigned to desk duty only.