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High-profile RCMP officer Tim Shields charged with sex assault

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WATCH: A high profile former member of the RCMP has been charged with sexual assault. Former Insp. Tim Shields was in court Tuesday morning. John Daly has the details – May 10, 2016

VANCOUVER – A high-profile RCMP officer once in charge of the Mounties’ communications strategy at E Division in Vancouver has been charged with sexual assault.

The Criminal Justice Branch says a charge has been sworn against Insp. Tim Shields as a result of an investigation into sexual misconduct, which is alleged to have occurred between 2009 and 2010.

The justice branch says in a news release that the complainant was a civilian employee who worked in co-ordination with the communication unit headed by Shields.

He appeared in Vancouver provincial court today and will be back in court on June 27.

Shields was suspended with pay a year ago.

Mounties said at the time that his suspension was due to a code-of-conduct investigation.

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