London police officer, 43, charged with assault while off-duty

The incident happened between November 2018 and February 2019, said police.

Police said they aren't identifying the officer to protect the victim

Police said the incident was reported to them Thursday, and the officer was charged the same day. (Paula Duhatschek/CBC)

A police officer who has been working in London for 16 years has been charged with assault, stemming from an alleged incident more than a year ago, according to the London Police Service.

The off-duty incident was reported Thursday and the officer was charged on the same day, police said in a statement. The alleged incident happened between November 2018 and February 2019.

Police are not identifying the 43-year-old officer. They said he had been in a relationship with the alleged female victim, and aren't naming him to protect the woman's identity.

The officer was released on conditions and is expected to appear in court on August 20.

Police said the officer is on administrative leave and is still on the payroll.