Manitoba

Ex-Mountie facing prison for sex crime

A former Manitoba RCMP officer is facing up to six years in prison after pleading guilty to trying to sexually assault a teen girl on a First Nation community north of Winnipeg.

A former Manitoba RCMP officer is facing up to six years in prison after pleading guilty to trying to sexually assault a teen girl on a First Nation community north of Winnipeg.

Benjamin Neufeldt, 26, pleaded guilty to two sex-related charges at a hearing in Winnipeg on Tuesday.

He admitted to asking a 17-year-old girl to touch him sexually while he was in a position of trust over her and forcible confinement.

The charges stemmed from an incident on the reserve 200 kilometres north of Winnipeg in August 2008.

The Crown is seeking a six-year prison term for Neufeldt, while his own lawyer is seeking about 2 1/2 years behind bars.

Not long after his December 2008 arrest, Neufeldt resigned from the RCMP after about two years of service.  

He has been free on bail ever since.

A pre-sentencing report was ordered to examine Neufeldt's personal background. His next court date is in December when a sentencing date will be set.

An agreed statement of facts tendered in court showed that a knife seized from Neufeldt as part of the investigation contained DNA belonging to the victim.

The full facts of the case against Neufeldt will be presented at the sentencing hearing.