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Sask. RCMP officer pleads guilty to breach of trust for taking image from security video

Wade Chitrena was working at the Buffalo Narrows, Sask., RCMP detachment when he took a sensitive image of a woman being held in police cells. File / Global News

A northern Saskatchewan RCMP officer has pleaded guilty to breach of trust for taking a sensitive image from a security camera video of a woman who was being held in police cells.

Wade Chitrena was working at the Buffalo Narrows detachment when the woman was taken into custody in October 2018.

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Chitrena, who is no longer with the RCMP, was charged that November and was suspended with pay.

A police report said an investigation determined at least one still image was copied and printed from a security camera video that was positioned in the cellblock area.

Chitrena’s guilty plea forestalled a trial in Battleford Court of Queen’s Bench that was to begin Monday.

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The Crown prosecutor and Chitrena’s lawyer are to make their sentencing submissions to the court on March 10.

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