OPP officer charged with second criminal offence in 3 months

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OPP officer charged with second criminal offence in 3 months

Postby Thomas » Fri Sep 20, 2013 4:03 am

OPP officer charged with second criminal offence in three months

OTTAWA — A Kanata OPP officer previously charged with luring a child has now been charged with an off-duty weapons offence but remains on the payroll of the provincial police.

Const. Michael Janho, 31, was charged with luring a child on June 19. As part of his release conditions, Janho turned in to police a restricted firearm. That prompted the professional standards bureau to investigate.

After a three-month investigation, police have now charged Janho, a five-year veteran of the force, with unlawful possession of a restricted firearm.

He was off-duty at the time of the offence and has been released on a promise to appear. Under the Police Services Act, officers charged with off-duty criminal offences are suspended with pay.

Police launched an investigation into Janho in December 2012, after the family of the alleged female victim filed a complaint. Six months later, Janho was arrested and charged at the Ontario Provincial Police detachment in Kanata with luring a child. As part of the conditions of his suspension, Janho is required to check in at the detachment every weekday,

Police said the alleged offence occurred between Sept. 22 and Dec. 3 of last year.

Janho was charged under section 172.1 of the Criminal Code. That section states that luring a child refers to using a means of “telecommunications” to communicate with an underaged person. Subsections detail different offences depending on the age of the victim — under 18, under 16 or under 14. Police have not disclosed the subsection under which Janho has been charged.

At the time of Janho’s arrest, OPP spokeswoman Sgt. Kristine Rae said the method of communication was not the Internet, but would not elaborate.

Police said Janho was off-duty at the time of the alleged offence. He was released on a promise to appear and officer-in-charge undertaking with conditions.

Janho is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 29.

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