A York Regional Police constable has been convicted of sexually assaulting a woman while he was on the job in 2015.
A 21-year-old woman contacted police on Jan. 4, 2015, alleging that Constable Young Min Von Seefried had sexually assaulted her during a traffic stop in Richmond Hill earlier that day.
York Regional Police contacted the Special Investigations Unit immediately and Constable Von Seefried was charged with sexual assault in June of 2015.
The Ontario Court of Justice found the 33-year-old guilty of this charge on Thursday.
”It is extremely disappointing to have one of our officers charged and convicted criminally,” York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe said in a statement released on Thursday. “However, it is by no means a reflection on the hard-working men and women of York Regional Police, who are professional, dedicated and do their jobs every day with integrity and respect.”
Jolliffe added that ”the fact the information was acted on immediately, with the SIU contacted the same day the incident happened and the victim filed her report, proves our internal investigation procedures are clear and are being followed.”
Von Seefried had been employed with York Regional Police since 2006 and was suspended with pay when the charge was laid. The suspension will remain in place until all court proceedings, including the sentencing hearing and the 30-day appeal period, are complete.
A parallel Police Services Act investigation by the Professional Standards Bureau is ongoing.