Few details have been released regarding a Wellington County OPP officer who is being investigated for seven sexual assault allegations.
Monica Hudon of the provinces Special Investigations Unit said the SIU began the investigation into the allegations, which stem from late January, but has since turned the matter over to the OPP for investigation.
"The SIU is presently in the process of referring these cases to the OPP for investigation," Hudon said via email when contacted on Thursday.
"The decision to do so followed consultation between the SIU and the OPP in which it became clear that there were overlapping investigative interests between the agencies and that the administration of justice was best served by having one organization, the OPP, assume carriage of the entire matter," Hudon said.
She confirmed that the allegations all concern one officer. Four of them are alleged to have occurred Jan. 24, two on Jan. 27 and one on Jan. 29.
The officer is not being named at this time.
Hudon was asked why a media release wasn't sent out regading the SIU investigation, as is often the case.
"Due to resourcing and the fact the SIU investigates hundreds of cases each year, the SIU is not able to issue a news release each time it launches an investigation. That being said, once any investigation is underway – including allegations of sexual assault – it is denoted on the Status of SIU Cases chart."