Edmonton, Alberta – On July 15, 2016, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed by the Director of Law Enforcement to commence an investigation into a serious and sensitive allegation of sexual assault on a woman involving an RCMP officer.
As ASIRT was engaged in that investigation, ASIRT became aware of allegations in relation to two additional unrelated incidents and commenced additional investigations into the circumstances surrounding those incidents. Two of the three incidents occurred while the officer was engaged in the execution of his duties as a police officer.
Ms. Susan D. Hughson, Q.C., received the three completed investigations and upon reviewing them, determined there are reasonable grounds to believe criminal offences had been committed. The investigations were forwarded to the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service (ACPS) for an opinion. After consultation with the ACPS and after a very careful review of the evidence, Ms. Hughson, Q.C. has determined there are reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed criminal offences under the Criminal Code of Canada.
As such, on Mar. 29, 2017, Constable Jason Tress, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was arrested and charged with:
- One count of sexual assault and one count of criminal breach of trust arising out of the initial investigation involving one woman, relating to an incident that occurred in 2016.
- One count of breach of trust in relation to a separate incident and woman unrelated to the previous two counts, but which also occurred in 2016, and
- One count of sexual assault in relation to a third woman, stemming from an unrelated incident that occurred in 2012.
Constable Jason Tress has been released on an undertaking with conditions to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on April 12, 2017.
As these matters are now before the courts, ASIRT will not provide any further information in relation to these incidents.
ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently, and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.
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