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London Cop Facing More Charges

A London police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman is facing more charges.

The 41-year-old officer, who is currently suspended with pay, was charged Monday with two counts of criminal harrassment, one court of being unlawfully in a dwelling, and one count of making a harassing phone call. The charges were laid Monday after an investigation by the Waterloo Regional Police Service.

“Following the announcement of the November 22, 2017, sexual assault charge laid against a 41-year-old London Police Service (LPS) officer, LPS was contacted by a complainant reporting an incident, involving the same officer, which occurred in the Region of Waterloo,” London police said in a news release issued on Monday afternoon.

The officer was charged with sexual assault on November 23. He is accused of sexually assaulting a woman he had been in a relationship with. The incident happened Friday, November 17 while the officer was off-duty and was reported to police on Wednesday, November 22.

Because he had been in a relationship with the woman, his name is not being released in order to protect her identity.

“I would like to reassure Londoners that the actions of this officer, if proven in court, are not representative of our values or our commitment to supporting women who have been victimized,” Chief John Pare said in Monday’s statement from police. “On behalf of the hundreds of LPS employees, I urge Londoners to maintain their trust in the men and women who diligently serve this community.”

The officer is scheduled to appear in court on January 4, 2018 to answer to the sexual assault charge.