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Guard at Evansburg RCMP detachment charged with sexual assault

A 69-year-old civilian guard has been charged with sexual assault after an alleged offence Sept. 5 at the Evansburg RCMP detachment. The guard was on duty at the time, RCMP said.

Civilian guard, 69, was on duty at the time of alleged assault against woman, police say

RCMP say a civilian guard has been charged with sexual assault and breach of trust in relation to an alleged offence at the detachment while the guard was on duty. (RCMP)

A 69-year-old civilian guard has been charged with sexual assault and breach of trust after an alleged offence Sept. 5 at the Evansburg RCMP detachment.

The guard, identified as John Hansen of Sangudo, was on duty at the time, RCMP said in a news release Monday.

The victim was a woman, police said.

"The charges stem from allegations of an offence which occurred on Sept. 5, 2017, while Hansen, a civilian guard, was on duty at the Evansburg RCMP detachment," the release said.

Hansen was scheduled to appear in Evansburg provincial court Monday morning.

Until the reported incident at Evansburg, Hansen had been employed by the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires.

"Mr. Hansen was an employee of the Commissionaires until his security clearance was revoked due to this incident, several days ago," John Slater, CEO of the organization's Northern Alberta division, said Monday.

Without security clearance, "he can't be in the cell block, so that means he can't work," Slater said.

"He was with us for four years and he successfully passed an RCMP enhanced clearance when he began his employment four years ago. And until this point there have been no incidents, certainly that we're aware of."

Slater said the organization would have no further comment until the matter has been dealt with by the courts.

Commissionaires is a national not-for-profit security services provider with almost 21,000 employees, 6,000 of whom are veterans.

Evansburg is 107 kilometres west of Edmonton.