OPP officer charged with sexual assault, criminal harassment

A veteran OPP constable has been charged with sexual assault and criminal harassment, provincial police say.

Constable a 16-year veteran of the OPP, was off duty at time of alleged offences, police say

A veteran Ontario Provincial Police constable has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of criminal harassment, the OPP said.

Police arrested the 39-year-old officer from eastern Ontario on May 19 following an ongoing investigation into a domestic matter by the professional standards bureau of the OPP, according to a media release issued Tuesday. 

The OPP is not naming the officer or the location of the courthouse in order to protect the identity of the alleged victim. 

The constable is a 16-year veteran with the OPP and was off duty at the time of the alleged incidents, which occurred within the past year, police said.

The OPP said the officer has been suspended from duty with pay, which is routine under provisions of the Police Services Act.

The officer was held in custody before being released on bail on Tuesday.