Nova Scotia police chief facing charges no longer employed by town

Nova Scotia police chief facing charges no longer employed by town


A Nova Scotia police chief accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl is no longer employed by the Town of Bridgewater.

The town issued a statement Thursday saying John Collyer was no longer on the payroll as a result of changes that were ``independent of the matter before the courts.''

Collyer was placed on administrative leave from the Bridgewater Police Service in August 2016 after the province's Serious Incident Response Team confirmed it was investigating the alleged assault.

The 26-year veteran of the force was suspended in May 2017 after the independent police watchdog charged him with one count of sexual assault and two counts of sexual exploitation.

The girl was 17 at the time of the alleged offences in Bridgewater between April and July of 2016.

Collyer has elected to have the case heard by judge alone in Nova Scotia Supreme Court and the trial is scheduled to begin in July 2019.