York Regional Police vehicle (Chris Doucette/Toronto Sun files)

York Regional Police vehicle (Chris Doucette/Toronto Sun files)

York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe distanced his service from a constable convicted of sex assault Thursday.

“It is extremely disappointing to have one of our officers charged and convicted criminally,” Jolliffe wrote in a statement following the court decision. “However, it is by no means a reflection on the hard-working men and women of York Regional Police, who are professional, dedicated and do their jobs every day with integrity and respect.”

York police contacted the Special Investigations Unit on Jan. 4, 2015 after a complaint arose out of a traffic stop that day in Richmond Hill, Jolliffe said.

The SIU charged 33-year-old Const. Young Min Von Seefried with one count of sexual assault on June 8 last year.

The officer has been employed with the force since 2006, working in 5 District uniform patrol. He was suspended with pay when the charge was laid and will continue to be suspended until all court proceedings are finished, including the sentencing hearing and 30-day appeal period.

A separate Police Services Act investigation by the professional standards bureau is ongoing.

“These situations do come up from time to time and the best way to deal with them is head on — investigating thoroughly and laying charges when appropriate or contacting the proper oversight body to ensure a comprehensive investigation takes place,” Jolliffe said.

Source: Toronto Sun