11/27/2014 08:25 EST | Updated 01/27/2015 05:59 EST

OPP officer charged with sexual assault

A 29-year veteran of the Ontario Provincial Police has been charged with sexual assault, the force said Wednesday. 

The 50-year-old officer, whose name has not been released to protect the identity of the victim, was charged following an investigation that began on Nov. 24 after an incident was reported to police. 

The officer, a member of the east region detachment, has been suspended with pay, according to a police press release.

He has been released from police custody and is set to appear Bancroft, Ont., court on Jan. 13, 2015.