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Edmonton Police Service officer charged with off-duty sexual assault

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EDMONTON — An Edmonton Police Service officer has been charged with sexual assault.

Alberta's police watchdog, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), says the alleged assault happened on Jan. 20 when the officer was off duty. 

In a release, ASIRT says the man knows the woman and during an encounter committed a sexual assault. 

Investigators forwarded their findings to the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service which determined the evidence met their standard for prosecution.

The release says Const. Samuel Sanson was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of sexual assault.

Sanson has been released and is to appear in Edmonton provincial court on March 23.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 24, 2021. 

The Canadian Press