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RCMP officer suspended, charged with perjury

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - An RCMP officer has been suspended with pay after he was charged earlier this month with perjury and obstruction of justice.

The Mounties say Const. Shawn Greene was charged Feb. 10 after Halifax Regional Police conducted an independent investigation into a complaint made in May 2013.

A statement issued by the RCMP does not offer details about the alleged offences, except to say that the investigation looked into Greene's work while he was stationed at its detachment in Harbour Grace, N.L.

Greene was transferred to Nova Scotia's Richmond County in February 2012.

He is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Harbour Grace on April 9.

The Mounties say an internal investigation is also underway.

RCMP spokeswoman Helen Cleary-Escott said Tuesday that she could not offer any specific details about the allegations.

"The matter is currently before the courts and once they are before the courts we can't speak to it."

Cleary-Escott said the RCMP waited until Tuesday to issue a news release because a summons officially notifying Greene of the charges was not served until Monday night.

She said no convictions or other proceedings are affected by the charges against Greene.

Const. Pierre Bourdages of the Halifax Regional Police confirmed the force investigated the matter and laid two charges. But he also said he could not provide specific details about the allegations, deferring those questions to the RCMP.

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