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(Posted 10:30 p.m., March 2)
Ottawa constable with east end ties pleads out criminal harassmemt charge

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Cst. 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

A 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.

Cst. 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.

The charges were laid as a result of the alleged stalking and harassment of a female complaintant.

All of the charges were withdrawn by the Crown on the eve of Mallett's scheduled trial in exchange for his pleading guilty to simple mischief.

Instead 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.

Justice Hunter also heard a submission by Mallett's defence lawyer attesting to his work as a high school resource officer.

In 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.

Mallett 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..

Mallett joined the Ottawa Police Service in 2005 after a successful professional football career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

After joining the OPS, was assigned to several high schools in the east end as a resource officer, including St.Peter High School in Orléans.

Mallett 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.

His #22 Tigers jersey has been retired and is hanging on a wall in the St. Matthew High School gym beside his Saskatchewan jersey.

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