Cop pleads guilty to assault, goes back to work

Judge grants conditional discharge

A Victoria police officer this week pleaded guilty to assaulting a man in the department’s jail cells.

Const. Ryan Young received a conditional discharge and one year of probation at a hearing Monday at the Victoria courthouse. If Young sticks to the conditions of his probation, he will not have a criminal record.

He is back on full duties with VicPD.

“None of his conditions prohibit him from carrying on in his duties,” said Const. Mike Massine, a VicPD spokesperson.

Young was charged with assault in March 2010 along with Const. Brent Keleher. The officers arrested two brothers for public intoxication on Oct. 18, 2008 and booked them into cells. Their treatment of the brothers in the cell block earned them reprimands from police Chief Jamie Graham for abuse of authority. The criminal charges were laid later.

Last month, Keleher was ordered to stand trial in B.C. Supreme Court. He’ll appear before a judge on June 15.

Judge Ann Rounthwaite said in her judgment the assault was an isolated incident in Young’s otherwise clean record as an officer of six years.