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An Al­berta RCMP of­fi­cer is fac­ing sex­ual as­sault charges fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the province’s po­lice watch­dog. Su­san Hugh­son, with Al­berta Se­ri­ous In­ci­dent Re­sponse Team, says they be­gan an in­ves­ti­ga­tion last July. Hugh­son wouldn’t say if the com­plainants worked for the RCMP or if they were peo­ple be­ing held in cus­tody. Const. Jason Tress is fac­ing two counts of sex­ual as­sault in­volv­ing two women and two counts of breach of trust in­clud­ing one in­volv­ing a third wo­man. Hugh­son said ev­ery­one takes these al­le­ga­tions se­ri­ously. “Sex­ual as­saults are dif­fi­cult enough for peo­ple who have been sex­u­ally as­saulted, it would seem rea­son­able that it’s only more dif­fi­cult for those women or chil­dren or vic­tims when the per­pe­tra­tor is a po­lice of­fi­cer,” she said.

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