Two veteran OPP officers facing multiple charges
Two Ontario Provincial Police officers in eastern Ontario were arrested and charged today after a lengthy investigation.
44-year-old Provincial Constable Luanne MacDonald is facing six charges, including voyeurism and distribution of voyeurism material. The OPP confirmed there is a victim involved, but would only say that he/she is not a minor. MacDonald has also been charged with fraud, theft of telecommunications service, obstruction of justice and three counts of breach of trust by a public officer.
The other officer charged in relation to the investigation is 41-year-old Provincial Constable John Bernard. He's facing two counts of breach of trust by a public officer. Both officers work in the Alexandria satellite office of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Detachment.
"We started an investigation in the summer of 2012," says OPP spokeswoman Sgt. Kristine Rae.
"Someone came forward advising that an OPP officer was disclosing private information."
Although both officers were charged as a result of the investigation, Rae says the two are not co-conspirators. MacDonald is an 8-year veteran of the OPP, while Bernard has been with the force for 14 years.
Both officers were released from custody and have been suspended with pay. They'll appear in court on September 3rd.