VANCOUVER - A former Vancouver police officer who pleaded guilty to incest avoided jail Wednesday when he was handed a one-year conditional sentence.

Provincial Court Judge Jocelyn Palmer also sentenced the officer to two years probation.

The officer, whose name can't be released in order to protect the identity of the victim, was arrested in August 2009 after his adult sister complained he had non-consensual sex with her.

The Crown stayed a charge of sex assault against the officer, who resigned after more than 20 years with the force when the allegations came to light.

The judge told the court that the man doesn't pose a risk to the community but must abstain from drugs and alcohol and stay home between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. during his one-year house arrest.

The officer has also been prohibited from having direct contact with his sister but can send her a letter of atonement and must also submit a DNA sample to the national sex offender registry.

The officer isn't the only member of the Vancouver police department to run afoul of the law in recent months.

Last month, Peter Hodson was fired from the force after being charged with trafficking marijuana, break and enter with the intent to commit extortion, illegal use of a police database and breach of trust.

Hodson's lawyer has said his client will plead not guilty. Hodson had been with the force for less than five years and was arrested for impaired driving a year and a half ago.

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