Former Ponoka Mountie charged

A former Ponoka Mountie is expected in Wetaskiwin provincial court on Sept. 13 for election and plea, after being charged with assault.

  • Aug. 29, 2012 8:00 p.m.

A former Ponoka Mountie is expected in Wetaskiwin provincial court on Sept. 13 for election and plea, after being charged with assault.

Const. Ronald Craig Lavallee, has been charged with one count of common assault following a public complaint received by the detachment, which alleged excessive force was used during an arrest in Hobbema, where he is now stationed.

The complaint was reviewed by senior personnel in RCMP “K” Division criminal operations branch. The investigation was then forwarded to a senior Crown prosecutor at Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, who subsequently recommended this charge.

“Having had oversight of the investigational process in this case,” said Superintendent Curtis Zablocki, district officer in charge of central Alberta RCMP. “I am satisfied we did what Albertans expect from us, and that is to conduct a complete, thorough and impartial investigation.”

Lavallee has just over six years’ service and is now on medical leave.