09/07/2016 02:46 EDT | Updated 09/07/2016 03:41 EDT

Mountie Charged With Sexually Exploiting Girl He Met On Duty

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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)

WINNIPEG -- Sexual exploitation charges have been laid against a man who Winnipeg police say had an intimate relationship with an underage girl while he was an RCMP officer.

Police say the former Mountie met the girl while he was on duty in April 2014.

The two then had an intimate relationship, which lasted until August 2014.

The Professional Standards Unit investigated and determined there were grounds for charges to be laid.

The 33-year-old man turned himself in to police on Tuesday.

His name will not released to protect the identity of the alleged victim.

"The charge specifically identifies the accused as a person in authority, someone who is obviously in a position of trust and authority,'' says Winnipeg police Const. Jason Michalyshen.

The man was a member of the RCMP for six years before resigning in May.

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