A Windsor police officer who had been charged for allegedly stealing lottery tickets pleaded guilty to the offence and was sentenced Friday.

Const. Timothy Kettlewell was charged with one count of theft under $5,000, possession of stolen property and two counts of uttering a forged document in April.

Kettlewell pleaded guilty to theft under $5,000. The other charges were dropped by the crown.

The court heard today that Kettlewell had been battling alcoholism, stemming from family issues.

Since being charged, the officer completed a five-week program at Homewood Health Centre in Guelph.

Kettlewell's lawyer explained that the 14-year veteran had mistakenly picked up the tickets after emptying out a bag during an investigation.

The tickets were not returned to the owner with the bag. 

Kettlewell says he then cashed them in at Walker Road Convenience Store.

He received 12 months probation and mandatory counselling for alcohol abuse.

Kettlewell will remain suspended from duty, with pay, pending an investigation under the Police Services Act.