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Const. Tim Bedard, B.C. Mountie Who Punched Inmate, Gets Conditional Discharge

12/07/2015 07:41 EST | Updated 12/07/2015 07:59 EST
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MONCTON, NB- JUNE 6 - Const. Damien Theriault of the Codiac RCMP holds his emotions before a press conference at the Crowne Plaza after suspected gunman Justin Bourque was arrested late in the night in Moncton. June 6, 2014. Steve Russell/Toronto Star (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

NANAIMO, B.C. — A Vancouver Island Mountie who pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm has received a conditional discharge and one year probation.

Const. Tim Bedard admitted he punched an inmate at the Nanaimo detachment after the man refused to remove his shorts while being booked into a cell and struck the officer.

Bedard hit the man eight times, leaving him with a broken nose, a possible fractured cheekbone and a black eye.

The Independent Investigations Office investigated the June 2014 incident before a charge was sworn against Bedard in provincial court in February.

RCMP Supt. Mark Fisher said he respects the decision, though it's unclear when Bedard will return to front-line duties.

Court heard the officer has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, and the sentence means he will not have a criminal record.

Bedard must also complete 50 hours of community service within the first six months of his probation. (CKAY, The Canadian Press)

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