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(Posted 1:30 a.m., Dec. 17)
Orléans resource officer and former St. Matt Tiger pleads guilty to discreditable conduct charges

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Cst. Jason Mallett has pled guilty to discreditable conduct charges dating back to 2013. File photo

A former football standout at St. Matthew High School who had his jersey retired after an eight year career in the CFL, has pled guilty to a trio of charges under the Police Services Act dating back to 2013.

Jason Mallett joined the Ottawa Police Service in 2005 after a successful professional football career during which he played for four different teams including the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

After joining the OPS, he became a police resource officer and was assigned to several high schools in the east end including St.Peter High School in Orléans.

According to evidence submitted during a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday and reported in an Ottawa Citizen article by Shaamini Yogaretnam on Dec. 16, Mallett failed to report a drug seizure at a high school he was assigned to on Valentine's Day, 2013, and he didn't turn in the evidence.

Mallett was called to the school after the principal confiscated one marijuana joint each from two students at the school. A review of his duty notebook failed to turn up any notes about the incident and the joints were never accounted for.

A little over a year later, the Ottawa Police Service received a public complaint regarding Mallett's treatment of a 14-year-old minor in September 2014.

According to the evidence as reported in the Citizen article, Mallet was responding to a complaint about a student who had skipped class after the lunch break when he entered the student's grandmother's house without probable cause and without the permission of the homeowner.

Once inside, Mallett found the truant student and several friends in a bedroom with 3.5 grams of marijuana. Mallett arrested the student and transported him to the Elgin Street cell block where he was held overnight on the grounds that the student had breached conditions relating to a previous.

The only problem is that there was no previous charge and no previous conditions. Mallett had intentionally and knowingly misled the cell block sergeant.

For his actions, Mallett was charged with two counts of insubordination, and one count each of discreditable conduct, deceit, and unlawful and unnecessary exercise of authority. Prosecutors dropped one of the insubordination charges and the deceit charge, leaving the three remaining charges.

The prosecution and the defence have made a joint submission asking for a one year demotion as a penalty for Mallett's admission of guilt.

A decision is expected to be handed down on Jan. 25.

But Mallet's problems will not end there. He is also awaiting trial on allegations that he stalked and made threats against a woman in October 2014, stole a city-owned defibrillator, and failed to properly store his gun. Those proceedings will commence in March.

In the meantime, Mallett continues to be on suspension with pay. According to an Ottawa Cituzen report quoting the 2014 provincial salary disclosure for public employees, he earned $124,808.26 last year.

Mallett played for the St. Matthew Tigers in 1989 and 1990. After graduating in 1991, he played for the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees for four years.

His #22 Tigers jersey has been retired and is hanging on a wall in the St. Matthew High School gym beside his Saskatchewan jersey.

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