Niagara officer charged with assault, sexual assault

Niagara Regional Police badge. Francis Vachon / File / The Canadian Press

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – A Niagara Regional Police officer is facing a slew of criminal charges.

Police say Constable Matthew Belzil, an 11 year veteran of the force, was arrested Friday and charged with three counts of assault, two of uttering threats, two of mischief and one count of sexual assault.

Investigators say the alleged offences occurred while Belzil was off duty and that he remains in custody pending a bail hearing today in Hamilton.

In accordance with the Police Services Act of Ontario, Belzil has been suspended with pay pending further investigation.

Police say that because the matter is now before the courts, no further comment or details will be provided.

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