Red Deer RCMP officer ordered to stand trial on sex assault charges

A provincial court judge has ruled there's enough evidence to send a Red Deer, Alta., RCMP officer to trial on charges that include two counts of sexual assault.

Const. Jason Tress faces 2 counts of sexual assault and 2 counts of criminal breach of trust

Const. Jason Tress, shown here in a photo from February 2016, is charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of breach of trust. (Zachary Cormier/Red Deer Express)

A provincial court judge has ruled there is enough evidence to send a Red Deer, Alta., RCMP officer to trial on charges that include two counts of sexual assault.

Last Friday's ruling followed a five-day preliminary hearing for Const. Jason Tress.

The 31-year-old Mountie was charged in March 2017 following an investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team that began in July of the previous year.

The assault charges deal with incidents that allegedly occurred in 2012 and 2016.

The officer is also facing two counts of criminal breach of trust.

A trial date has not been set and Tress remains suspended from duty until his charges are dealt with in court.