Criminal charges have been withdrawn against a Waterloo Regional Police officer.

Const. Jeremy Snyder was charged in January with assault, mischief and uttering threats in connection with an off-duty incident. He has been on paid suspension from the police service since then.

In court Thursday, Snyder entered into a peace bond – meaning that as long as he has no unwanted contact with his alleged victim and generally stays out of trouble, he will not face any further action over the accusations.

Outside court, Snyder’s lawyer said that he hoped his client could return to police work.

“He’s as innocent as the next person, and should be entitled to return to his employment immediately,” Bernard Cummins said in an interview.

A return to duty isn’t imminent, as the end of the criminal proceedings mean Waterloo Regional Police are once again investigating Snyder to determine whether he breached the Police Services Act.

“That investigation will continue until all of the facts are gathered,” said Staff Sgt. Mike Haffner.

Snyder was charged with sexual assault in 2012. He was found not guilty of that offence at trial, and is currently suing Waterloo Regional Police for $2 million in connection with how they handled the allegations against him.

With reporting by Allison Tanner