SQ officer arrested for fourth time in less than a year

Nicolas Landry was charged Friday in a Saint-Hyacinthe court and pleaded guilty to several charges that will see him spend time in prison.

Nicolas Landry headed to prison after guilty plea

Nicolas Landry, 40, in a photo taken earlier this year. (Radio-Canada)

A Quebec provincial police officer was arrested at Montreal's Trudeau airport on Thursday. It was the fourth time this officer has been arrested in less than a year. 

Nicolas Landry was charged Friday in a Saint-Hyacinthe court with assault and breaking bail conditions. 

Landry, a 15-year veteran of the Sûreté du Québec, was charged also in May with assault with a weapon, confinement, mischief, harassment and robbery.

Before that, in December 2015, he was charged with impersonating a peace officer and obstructing a peace officer.

In August 2015, he was charged with fraud over $5,000 after he allegedly submitted false information to his employer in order to extend a sick leave.

During his court appearance on Friday, Landry pleaded guilty to nearly all the charges he was facing. The allegations of confinement and obstruction were dropped. 

He was given a 19-day prison sentence. Taking into account time already served, he will spend 16 days in prison, followed by a two-year probation period. 

His salary will be suspended while in prison. It will be docked by half when he is released.  

​Landry still faces the fraud charges from August 2015, to which he has pleaded not guilty. A preliminary inquiry in that case is scheduled for 2018.

with files from Radio-Canada's Karine Bastien