A veteran police detective has been sentenced to 90-days in jail after breaking a prisoner's arm while he was in custody.

Christopher Higgins, 41, was also sentenced to a year's probation by the provincial court on Tuesday.

In making her decision, Judge Lucia Favret said the 22-year veteran of the force "had failed the institution he was so proud of," but she did take into account his good work record and letters of support by his colleagues.

Wednesday morning at 54 Division, Higgins only said the brief words "no ma'am" when he was asked by CTV Toronto's Janice Golding if he had anything to say to viewers.

Although Higgins was originally acquitted in 2005 for the 2004 incident, that ruling was overturned.

Higgins will be appealing the decision, although in the meantime he has been suspended without pay.

After the appeal process is over, Higgins will also face three charges under the Police Services Act.

With reports from CTV Toronto's Janice Golding.