Kelowna, B.C. (CHBC News) – A Kelowna Mountie who earlier pleaded guilty to beating up his estranged wife and pulling out his loaded RCMP handgun in front of his young children will be keeping his job.
The decision was made on Wednesday at an RCMP disciplinary hearing in Kelowna for Staff Sergeant Owen Wlodarczak, 41.
The Mountie is on three years’ probation after pleading guilty to a violent domestic assault in May where he struck his wife in the face and head.
The disciplinary hearing decided to demote Wlodarczak to sergeant and is requiring him to turn in his handgun at the end of every shift.
A restraining order has also been removed, which means Wlodarczak can visit his children with the permission of his estranged wife.
He is still required to attend counselling of a regular basis.