Newspaper article The Canadian Press

N.S. Police Chief Elects Trial by Judge Alone on Sex Charges Involving Girl, 17

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

N.S. Police Chief Elects Trial by Judge Alone on Sex Charges Involving Girl, 17

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N.S. police chief elects trial by judge alone

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BRIDGEWATER, N.S. - A Nova Scotia police chief facing sex charges involving a 17-year-old girl has elected to have the case heard in Supreme Court by judge alone.

John Collyer of the Bridgewater police force will appear in provincial court next April for a preliminary hearing and -- if he's committed to stand trial -- he will enter a plea once the matter lands in Supreme Court.

The case was briefly in Bridgewater provincial court Thursday.

The town's police commission suspended Collyer on May 4 for 60 days with pay, the same day it was announced he was facing charges.

Pat Cappello, chairman of the commission, said Thursday that Collyer's suspension with pay has been extended until more information becomes available. …

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