Additional charges laid against London police officer accused of sexual assault
Waterloo Regional Police received a complaint involving the same officer charged 2 weeks earlier in London
A London police officer charged two weeks ago with sexual assault is now facing additional charges that stem from the Waterloo region.
The 41-year old officer, whose name is being withheld to protect victims, was charged Monday with two counts of criminal harassment, making harassing phone calls and being unlawfully in a dwelling.
Those charges are in addition to the sexual assault accusation he faced on Nov. 22. In that case, London police said the female victim had been in a relationship with the accused.
"I would like to reassure Londoners that the actions of this officer, if proven in court, are not representative of our values or our commitment to supporting women who have been victimized," Chief John Pare said in a written statement.
The officer has been suspended with pay, in accordance with rules laid out in the Police Services Act.
'I urge Londoners to maintain their trust'
London's police chief was forced to defend his employees less than a week ago, when a second officer was charged with multiple offences.
In that unrelated case, the 47-year-old officer was accused of breach of trust, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
"On behalf of the hundreds of LPS employees, I urge Londoners to maintain their trust in the men and women who diligently serve this community," Chief Pare said Monday.