Trial set for Mountie charged with sexual assault

Mountie accused of sexually assaulting a woman at Red Deer detachment in 2016

A Red Deer Mountie charged with sexual assault with a weapon and other offences will be going to trial next June.

Const. Jason Tress has pleaded not guilty to a single charge of sexual assault with a weapon and two charges each of sexual assault and breach of trust.

A nine-day, judge-alone trial beginning June 17 was set in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on Monday. Tress, who is not in custody, was not present.

Tress was charged in March 2017 in connection with incidents involving three women in 2012 and 2016.


Mountie charged with sexual assault

Charges were laid after the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team investigated an allegation that an RCMP officer sexually assaulted a woman in 2016 at the Red Deer detachment.

It is alleged two of the incidents occurred while the officer was on duty.

That allegation led to further investigation and other charges.

Two of the alleged incidents occurred while the officer was posted in Red Deer. He was at a rural detachment when the alleged 2012 incident occurred.

Tress, then an eight-year officer, was suspended with pay in August 2016 as a result of the initial allegations.

The court heard that Crown prosecutors are considering severing the charges, which would mean they would be dealt with in more than one trial.

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