Bridgewater police chief suspended with pay after being charged with sexual assault

The police chief in Nova Scotia is being suspended with pay for 60 days after being charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl.

The police commission in Bridgewater said late Thursday that a motion was passed to suspend 53-year-old John Collyer.

Collyer was placed on administrative leave by the commission in August after it became public that the province's Serious Incident Response Team was investigating the alleged sexual assault.

The team says it 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.

SIRT said Thursday it learned of the allegations from the RCMP in August, but it required time to collect all of the evidence.

He had been police chief for five years at the time of the original allegations, and prior to that was a long-serving officer with 26 years on the police force.