September 30, 2014 1:59 pm
Updated: September 30, 2014 2:28 pm

Manitoba RCMP officer accused of sex crime against child

The 55 year old Mountie from the Arborg area, who has been a member of the RCMP for 26 years, was arrested Sunday and charged with sexual assault and sexual interference

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WINNIPEG – A veteran Manitoba RCMP officer has been accused of sex crimes against a young child.

The 55-year-old man from the Arborg area, who has been a member of the RCMP for 26 years, was arrested Sunday and charged with sexual assault and sexual interference in an incident alleged to have happened Friday, Brandon police said in a news release Tuesday.

The alleged victim is nine years old; police didn’t say if the child is a boy or a girl. The assaults are alleged to have been committed near Ashern.

The RCMP said the force asked Brandon police to take over the investigation Saturday; the RCMP major crimes unit is helping in the investigation.

The suspect was not on duty as a police officer at the time of the alleged offences, police said. He’s been released pending a court appearance in Ashern on Nov. 19.

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