Former Nova Scotia police chief convicted of sexual exploitation granted parole

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A former Nova Scotia police chief who was sentenced to 15 months in jail earlier this year for sexually exploiting a 17-year-old girl has been granted full parole.

The Parole Board of Canada, in a decision dated July 17, granted parole to ex-Bridgewater, N.S., police chief John Collyer when he becomes eligible on Aug. 3.

Collyer was sentenced in March after being tried for sexual assault and sexual exploitation.

A judge found him guilty of both crimes, but ordered a conditional stay on the sexual assault conviction, based on the principle that an accused cannot be convicted of two offences arising from the same actions.

Collyer's release conditions forbid him from consuming or possessing alcohol and having direct contact with the victim or her family. He is also forbidden from working in a position of trust or authority with anyone under 18 years old.

The board said it didn't think Collyer presented an undue risk to society.