Const. Garry Christiansen, an officer with the St.Thomas police service, has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual interference in court today.

In a statement, St. Thomas Police Chief Chris Herridge said, “This has been a difficult time for the victim, the community and our police service. It is always very disappointing when an officer is charged with a criminal offence.

Christiansen has already been suspended with pay for two years pending an investigation by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit. That investigation began in September of 2017 when St. Thomas Police received information regarding Christiansen involved with a youth.

Christiansen will be sentenced September 18th.