London Police officer charged by Waterloo Regional Police Service

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Facing one count of breach of trust

LONDON, ON (January 11, 2018) – A London Police officer was arrested and charged today with one count of breach of trust under the Criminal Code of Canada as a result of an investigation by the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS).

London Police Chief John Pare requested the investigation in July 2016. The officer, a 33-year-old constable with five years’ service, has been suspended from duty since March 27, 2017.

“With the charges before the courts, I can’t comment on the details of the investigation, but I can say the allegations, if proven, are contrary to what is expected of all of our employees,” said Chief John Pare.

Charged is Cst. Sergio Mendez-Vargas. He has been released from custody and is expected to appear in London court on February 21, 2018.

The member continues to be suspended with pay. Under the provisions of the current Police Services Act, a police chief is not allowed to suspend a member without pay when criminal charges are laid.

Any questions related to the Waterloo Regional Police Service investigation or the charge must be directed to the WRPS.