10:30 p.m., March 2)
Ottawa constable with east end ties pleads out criminal
By Fred Sherwin
Jason Mallett managed to avoid a trial on
criminal harassment charges on Wednesday by
agreeing to plead guilty to a lesser charge
of simple mischief. File photo
former football standout at St. Matthew High School who
had his jersey retired after an eight year career in the
CFL, has managed to avoid a criminal harassment charge
by pleading guilty to the lesser charge of mischief.
Jason Mallett was arrested on October 10, 2014 and charged
with one count each of criminal harassment, theft under
$5,000, possession of stolen property, and careless storage
of a firearm.
charges were laid as a result of the alleged stalking
and harassment of a female complaintant.
of the charges were withdrawn by the Crown on the eve
of Mallett's scheduled trial in exchange for his pleading
guilty to simple mischief.
of hearing testimony, Ontario Court Justice Stephen Hunter
heard an emotional impact statement read by the victim
in which she said Mallett's actions still haunt her.
Hunter also heard a submission by Mallett's defence lawyer
attesting to his work as a high school resource officer.
the end, Hunter granted Mallett a conditional discharge
and ordered him to serve 12 months probation, and attend
a counselling program. He was also ordered to refrain
from communicating with the victim and to stay away from
her home and workplace.
has been suspended with pay while awaiting the trial.
He has also been embroiled in another legal proceeding
stemming from a 2013 incident in which he failed to report
a drug seizure at a high school and neglected to turn
in the evidence.
Mallett was ultimately charged with two counts of insubordination,
and one count each of discreditable conduct, deceit, and
unlawful and unnecessary exercise of authority. He pled
guilty to those charges in December and was demoted to
a second class constable for one year wich comes with
a reduction in pay..
joined the Ottawa Police Service in 2005 after a successful
professional football career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers,
Saskatchewan Roughriders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
joining the OPS, was assigned to several high schools
in the east end as a resource officer, including St.Peter
High School in Orléans.
is a graduate of St. Matthew High School where he was
a star player on the school's football team 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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