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A police officer will serve a community sentence for assaulting a teenager in NB.

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The charges against Constable Osama Ibrahim were laid following an investigation by the Serious Incident Response Team. (Archive photo)

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A Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer in New Brunswick was convicted of molesting a 16-year-old girl he hoped to marry.

Osama Ibrahim, 29, was convicted last month of assault, breach of trust, choking during assault and carrying, using or threatening to use ;#x27;a weapon during an attack. He was acquitted of sexual assault charges against him.

On Friday, Provincial Court Judge Kelly Winchester sentenced Osama Ibrahim to house arrest for the first nine months. This sentence will be served with his sister in Quebec, although he will be allowed to leave the house to work. Once a week, he can also go shopping between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

After the first nine month, Osama Ibrahim will no longer be subject to the curfew, but he will not be able to contact either the victim or her family.

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The Crown had requested a sentence of 12 to 15 months in prison, while the defense requested that this sentence be served under house arrest.

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The trial of Constable Osama Ibrahim took place at the courthouse in Saint-Jean, New Brunswick. (File photo)

Reading portions of the victim impact statement, Crown prosecutor Christopher Lavigne said the teen suffered from depression and was unable to return to school.

She said her trust in people, particularly the police, has been compromised and she no longer feels safe around authority, the lawyer said .

The victim's family operated a business in the Saint John, New Brunswick area, but had to close it because the victim , who participated in the activities, was no longer able to work after the attack.

Osama Ibrahim was a relatively new RCMP officer and on his first posting in Woodstock, New Brunswick, when he met the victim and her family in June 2021. In January of the following year, he requested to the family the hand of the 16-year-old girl, according to the court.

The mother said the victim was too young to get married and asked the accused to wait until she was at least 19 or 20 years old. The parents agreed that Osama Ibrahim should get to know their daughter.

During the trial, he was revealed that Osama Ibrahim agreed to this arrangement and began visiting the family at their home and business when he was off duty or working overtime at a nearby detachment.

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Osama Ibrahim covered his face when leaving the Saint-Jean courthouse, on December 12, 2023, after being found guilty of four of the five charges against him. (File photo)

The victim had a romantic interest in Osama Ibrahim at the beginning of the relationship. However, as it progressed, the victim described being grabbed, handcuffed and punched by the accused.

The judge noted that videos presented as evidence showed the use of force was blatant and that this interaction was neither fun nor playful.

Osama Ibrahim is seen hitting the victim. After the attacks, he said he was only joking, but the teenager did not perceive his actions as a joke, the judge said.

During the sentencing hearing, Osama Ibrahim asked the court for mercy. He said he wanted to apologize to everyone, including the family.

His lawyer mentioned that Mr. Ibrahim resigned from the RCMP last week and his resignation is to take effect February 5.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116