Po­lice chief elects trial by judge alone on sex charges in­volv­ing girl, 17

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

BRIDGE­WA­TER, N.S. - A Nova Sco­tia po­lice chief fac­ing sex charges in­volv­ing a 17-yearold girl has elected to have the case heard in Supreme Court by judge alone. John Col­lyer of the Bridge­wa­ter po­lice force will ap­pear in pro­vin­cial court next April for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing and - if he’s com­mit­ted to stand trial - he will en­ter a plea once the mat­ter lands in Supreme Court.

The case was briefly in Bridge­wa­ter pro­vin­cial court to­day. The town’s po­lice com­mis­sion sus­pended Col­lyer on May 4 for 60 days with pay, the same day it was an­nounced he was fac­ing charges.

The 53-year-old had been placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave last Au­gust af­ter the prov­ince’s Se­ri­ous In­ci­dent Re­sponse Team con­firmed it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the al­leged sex­ual as­sault.

The in­de­pen­dent po­lice watch­dog laid one charge of sex­ual as­sault and two charges of sex­ual ex­ploita­tion against Col­lyer over al­le­ga­tions dat­ing be­tween April 1 and July 31 of last year. The girl was 17 at the time of the al­leged of­fences in the Bridge­wa­ter area on Nova Sco­tia’s south shore.

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