WINNIPEG — A veteran Winnipeg police officer is facing charges of molesting a 10-year-old boy, charges similar to the ones he faced more than four years ago.
Kenneth Jack Anderson, 52, was charged by the RCMP with sexual assault and sexual interference involving inappropriate touching of a 10-year-old boy in the RM of Rockwood in 2006.
Anderson was charged in 2008 with sexually abusing two 11-year-old aboriginal brothers, and he was later found not guilty at a 2011 trial.
Anderson, an award-winning officer who has been singled out for his work with disadvantaged and troubled aboriginal youth, has been placed on restricted duties by the Winnipeg Police Service.
RCMP said Anderson, who also lives in the RM of Rockwood, was charged Thursday following consultation with Manitoba Crown attorney’s office.
RCMP said they were notified in late August about the allegations, which had been passed on to them from the Winnipeg Child Protection Branch.
Anderson was first arrested Dec. 6, but not charged at that time and released on a promise to appear in court.
Anderson was to abide by court-ordered conditions, including not to have any contact with the alleged victim. He is scheduled to appear Monday in Teulon provincial court.
After Anderson was charged in 2008 with sexually abusing the 11-year-old brothers, he was acquitted in March 2011 following a trial, where the only evidence against him was the testimony of the two alleged victims.
Anderson had denied the accusations and the judge at the 2011 trial said there were serious flaws in the stories presented by the two brothers.
While Anderson was placed on leave after his charges became public in 2008 and returned to work only after he was acquitted, a Winnipeg Police Service spokeswoman said Anderson now is assigned to restricted duties.
The WPS would not elaborate on what is implied by restricted duties, however, it is accepted to mean Anderson will not be dealing with the public.
In 2003, Anderson was presented with a certificate of distinction for youth justice policing from the federal government and the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs for co-developing a cultural program for disadvantaged aboriginal boys in Winnipeg’s inner city.
Anderson told his 2011 trial that he worked closely with at-risk aboriginal youth and had taken several of them on various outings related to their culture, including sweat lodges.
Anderson also received a community service award in 2007 from aboriginal war veterans.
» Winnipeg Free Press
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 9, 2013