04/04/2013 12:19 EDT | Updated 06/04/2013 05:12 EDT

Sherbrooke police charged with leaking confidential information

A Sherbrooke police officer has been charged for allegedly transmitting confidential police information to a third party.

Alex Therrien, a 15-year veteran of the service, was arrested at his home this morning and suspended from the police force.

Sherbrooke Police Chief Gaétan Labbé confirmed a member of the Sherbrooke police force had been the object of an internal investigation. In a statement, Labbé said the findings of that investigation led police to arrest a member of their police force early Thursday morning.

Therrien, 38, was charged in a Sherbrooke courtroom with three counts of breach of trust by a public officer. He is suspected of using Quebec's police information centre to transmit unauthorized information between September and December 2012.

The Sherbrooke officer is also charged with the unauthorized use of a computer, which he allegedly used to send sensitive information to a criminal organization between November 2008 and December 2012.

Therrien has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on June 11.