Red Deer RCMP constable found not guilty of sexual assault

A central Alberta Mountie accused of asking a woman in custody to lift her shirt and show him her breasts has been found not guilty of sexual assault and criminal breach of trust.

Justice Grant Dunlop acquitted Const. Jason Tress following a week-long trial in Red Deer Court of Queen's Bench.

The complainant, Melissa Heinrichs, told court earlier this week that Tress twice asked her to lift her shirt while she was in RCMP custody on July 1, 2016.

She said the first time was while they were inside a police vehicle travelling to the RCMP detachment after Heinrichs had been arrested.

Heinrichs told court that Tress also asked her to lift her shirt while they were in the fingerprint room at the detachment.

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