Ontario’s watchdog reveal investigation into Hamilton police officer for alleged sex assaults

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The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) says it’s started a probe into alleged legacy sexual assaults believed to have been committed by a member of the Hamilton Police Service.

In a release on Wednesday, SIU director Joseph Martino said the investigation was launched after receiving legal notification in mid-May suggesting the assaults happened in 2010.

“As a result of the SIU investigation, Const. Michael LaCombe is charged with two counts of sexual assault contrary to section 271 of the Criminal Code,” Martino said in a statement.

Hamilton police confirm LaCombe is an 18-year veteran of the service and has been charged with two counts of sexual assault.

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“The officer has been suspended with pay,” a spokesperson said in a release following the announcement of the investigation.

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“The matter is now before the courts. Out of respect for the process, Hamilton Police Service will not be providing further comment.”

LaCombe is set to appear before an Ontario court justice in Hamilton on Nov. 9.

No further details are being disclosed by the SIU “in consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused,” Martino said.

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