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Winnipeg police officer charged with assault, obstructing justice

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A veteran, decorated Winnipeg police sergeant has been accused of assaulting a woman who only weeks ago was cleared of allegations that she and a relative attacked him last summer.

Sgt. Kenneth Molloy, 47, has been placed on administrative duties as he awaits a July court date where he will be formally charged with assault and obstruction of justice.

In a brief statement, the Winnipeg Police Service acknowledged Molloy's arrest, the charges he will face and his current employment status.

The service declined to answer a reporter's questions or offer further comment.

Molloy has been with the service for 24 years and was most recently serving in the Commercial Crime Unit.

Police said internal investigators started an investigation into Molloy's conduct last September, resulting in the criminal allegations he now faces.

Court records obtained by the Free Press show Molloy is accused of assaulting a 26-year-old woman on Aug. 16, 2013.

Weeks later, sometime between Sept. 6 and 12, he's suspected of viewing a photograph of a suspect prior to being shown an official photo mug shot identification package by investigators.

Police allege that conduct constitutes obstruction of justice.

News of Molloy's arrest, however, comes just weeks after his alleged victim was cleared of charges that she and a male relative had assaulted him on Aug. 16.

Manitoba Crown attorney Laura Hodgson stayed charges against both on May 2 outside of court.

They had been arrested and released on the Molloy assault charge with specific conditions to not have any contact with him, to not consume alcohol and to not attend sporting events at Investors Group Field until their case was decided.

The temporary barring of the two from the stadium is an indication the events took place there during a Friday night game. That day, the Blue Bombers took on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and lost 37-18.

Molloy is a well-respected fraud investigator with more than a decade of experience in that role, according to an online brief of his background from the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

In addition to working years in commercial crime, Molloy's also worked general patrol, internet-based investigations and as a trainer for the WPS and other police agencies. In 2007, Molloy was inducted as a member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, the IIA noted.

He also holds an MBA from the University of Manitoba.

Police said while he's on administrative duties, he will have no contact with the general public. His appearance notice shows he was not released on any conditions other than to appear in court on July 28.

He's presumed innocent of the allegations.



Updated on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 1:03 PM CDT: Corrects spelling of sergeant

2:58 PM: Writethru.

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