1:30 a.m., Dec. 17)
Orléans resource officer and former St. Matt Tiger
pleads guilty to discreditable conduct charges
By Fred Sherwin
Jason Mallett has pled guilty to discreditable
conduct charges dating back to 2013. File
former football standout at St. Matthew High School who
had his jersey retired after an eight year career in the
CFL, has pled guilty to a trio of charges under the Police
Services Act dating back to 2013.
Mallett joined the Ottawa Police Service in 2005 after
a successful professional football career during which
he played for four different teams including the Saskatchewan
joining the OPS, he became a police resource officer and
was assigned to several high schools in the east end including
St.Peter High School in Orléans.
to evidence submitted during a disciplinary hearing on
Tuesday and reported in an Ottawa Citizen article
by Shaamini Yogaretnam on Dec. 16, Mallett failed to report
a drug seizure at a high school he was assigned to on
Valentine's Day, 2013, and he didn't turn in the evidence.
was called to the school after the principal confiscated
one marijuana joint each from two students at the school.
A review of his duty notebook failed to turn up any notes
about the incident and the joints were never accounted
little over a year later, the Ottawa Police Service received
a public complaint regarding Mallett's treatment of a
14-year-old minor in September 2014.
to the evidence as reported in the Citizen article,
Mallet was responding to a complaint about a student who
had skipped class after the lunch break when he entered
the student's grandmother's house without probable cause
and without the permission of the homeowner.
Once inside, Mallett found the truant student and several
friends in a bedroom with 3.5 grams of marijuana. Mallett
arrested the student and transported him to the Elgin
Street cell block where he was held overnight on the grounds
that the student had breached conditions relating to a
only problem is that there was no previous charge and
no previous conditions. Mallett had intentionally and
knowingly misled the cell block sergeant.
his actions, Mallett was charged with two counts of insubordination,
and one count each of discreditable conduct, deceit, and
unlawful and unnecessary exercise of authority. Prosecutors
dropped one of the insubordination charges and the deceit
charge, leaving the three remaining charges.
prosecution and the defence have made a joint submission
asking for a one year demotion as a penalty for Mallett's
admission of guilt.
decision is expected to be handed down on Jan. 25.
Mallet's problems will not end there. He is also awaiting
trial on allegations that he stalked and made threats
against a woman in October 2014, stole a city-owned defibrillator,
and failed to properly store his gun. Those proceedings
will commence in March.
the meantime, Mallett continues to be on suspension with
pay. According to an Ottawa Cituzen report quoting
the 2014 provincial salary disclosure for public employees,
he earned $124,808.26 last year.
played for the St. Matthew Tigers in 1989 and 1990. After
graduating in 1991, he played for the University of Ottawa
Gee-Gees for four years.
#22 Tigers jersey has been retired and is hanging on a
wall in the St. Matthew High School gym beside his Saskatchewan
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