10/24/2019 12:01 EDT

Former Police Chief Found Guilty Of Sexually Exploiting Teen In Nova Scotia

John Collyer was a 26-year veteran of the Bridgewater force.

Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press
John Collyer, a former police chief in Bridgewater, N.S., stands with family and friends outside Nova Scotia Supreme Court Oct. 24, 2019. He was suspended in May 2017 following an independent investigation.

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. — The former chief of police in a southwestern Nova Scotia town has been found guilty of sexually exploiting a 17-year-old girl.

John Collyer was the police chief in Bridgewater, N.S., when the incident occurred in 2016.

The victim had testified that Collyer asked her an inappropriate question while the two were in a car before putting his hand between her legs and assaulting her.

Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Mona Lynch said she believed the victim’s account. 

The 26-year veteran of the force was suspended in May 2017 after he was charged following an investigation by Nova Scotia’s independent police watchdog.

He was tried on one charge of sexual assault and one of sexual exploitation, but the judge ordered a conditional stay on the sexual assault charge, citing the principle that an accused cannot be convicted of two offences arising from the same actions.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct 24, 2019.

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