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News Release

Ottawa Police Service Officer Charged

Case Number: 17-OSA-370

Mississauga, ON (28 September, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has caused charges to be laid against an Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officer in relation to an incident that reportedly occurred in October of 2017.

The SIU was contacted by OPS on November 22, 2017 regarding a complaint of a sexual nature against the officer. The alleged assault reportedly occurred against a woman in Ottawa on October 25, 2017.

As a result of the SIU investigation, Sergeant Aasim Ansari is facing the following charges under the Criminal Code:
One count of sexual assault, contrary to s. 271; and
One count of breach of trust by public officer, contrary to s. 122. 

Sgt Ansari is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 161 Elgin Street in Ottawa on October 15, 2018. 

The matter is now properly before the courts. In consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.  

The SIU is an independent civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342