St. John’s — An RCMP officer is facing a raft of charges for a series of assaults allegedly committed over more than a decade.
On May 26, police in Gander received a complaint about an assault involving an off-duty officer. At the time, the officer was charged with one count of assault and released pending the next court appearance.
According to a news release sent out Friday evening, “information was uncovered suggesting additional incidents dating back to 1996 involving the RCMP member.”
In total, the officer is now charged with seven more counts of assault and one count of assault with a weapon.
The alleged assaults happened over the course of several years, and all of them took place while the officer was off-duty.
In the release sent out by RCMP spokesman Sgt. Marc Coulombe, he said “the RCMP is not releasing the accused’s name to protect the identities of the victims identified in the ongoing investigation.”
The officer was suspended from active duty more than a week ago when the first charge was laid.
The officer appeared in court again Friday to be formally charged; he was released “under strict conditions, which include having no contact with any of the victims,” Coulombe’s news release said.