Red Deer Mountie to stand trial on sexual assault charges

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
October 9, 2018 - 3:31pm Updated: October 11, 2018 - 9:27am

A Red Deer RCMP officer facing charges of sexual assault will go to trial.

A five-day preliminary hearing for Cst. Jason Tress wrapped up Friday in Red Deer provincial court. Judge B.D. Rosborough determined there was enough evidence present for the case to proceed to trial.

Tress was charged in March 2017 following an ASIRT investigation that began in July of 2016. The 31-year-old officer faces a total of four counts.

One count of sexual assault and one count of criminal breach of trust stem from an incident in 2016.

Another count of criminal breach of trust is in relation to a separate 2016 incident, unrelated to the first.

The second count of sexual assault dates back to an incident in 2012.

Two of the incidents allegedly happened while Tress was on duty, one of which while he was at the Red Deer RCMP detachment in December 2016.

Tress is currently suspended with pay and will remain off-duty until his charges are resolved.

Trial dates have not been set.

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