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Bridgewater police chief's sexual assault, exploitation case adjourned
Bridgewater Police Chief John Collyer has been charged with one count of sexual assault and two counts of sexual exploitation involving a 17-year-old girl.
BRIDGEWATER, N.S. -- The case of a Nova Scotia police chief facing sex charges involving a 17-year-old girl has been adjourned until next month.
John Collyer of the Bridgewater police force was suspended with pay for 60 days in May after being charged.
His lawyer David Bright says he appeared on behalf of his client in Bridgewater provincial court Wednesday.
Bright said the case was adjourned until July 27 for election and plea, and would not comment further.
"I have not reviewed the disclosure yet," said Bright in a brief phone interview.
The police commission in Bridgewater passed a motion to suspend Collyer on May 4, the same day it was announced he was facing charges.
The 53-year-old had been placed on administrative leave by the commission in 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.
Collyer, a 26-year veteran of the police force, had been chief for five years when the original allegations surfaced.