Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Ottawa police officer charged with sexual assault

OTTAWA - An Ottawa police officer was charged Monday with sexual assault and breach of trust stemming from an incident last November.

The charges came after an investigation by the Special Investigations Unit after a woman reported that she was sexually assaulted by an on-duty police officer on Nov. 3, 2007.

The woman approached the Ottawa Police Service with these allegations two days later, according to an SIU news release Monday.

Acting Sgt. Rohan Beebakhee, 38, faces one charge of sexual assault and one charge of breach of trust. He is scheduled to appear in Ottawa court on April 21.

Investigators with the SIU declined further comment on the case, saying the matter is now before the courts.

The SIU is a civilian agency that probes cases of serious injuries, sexual assaults and deaths involving police officers in Ontario.