Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Thunder Bay, Ont., Police Chief to Stand Trial as Early as December, Lawyer Says

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Thunder Bay, Ont., Police Chief to Stand Trial as Early as December, Lawyer Says

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December trial likely for top Thunder Bay, Ont., cop

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THUNDER BAY, Ont. - The police chief of Thunder Bay, Ont., is now expected to stand trial on charges of breach of trust and attempting to obstruct justice as early as December.

Chief J.P. Levesque waived his right to a preliminary inquiry this week and opted to go directly to trial in Superior Court.

Levesque also chose to be tried by a judge alone.

Ontario provincial police charged the officer of 30 years, including the last six as chief, in May after a five-month investigation.

The charges stem from unproven allegations that Levesque disclosed confidential information concerning the city's mayor.

Official dates have yet to be set but his lawyer says the defence hopes the trial will start before the end of the year.

"We've sought the earliest possible trial date," lawyer Brian Gover said. …

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