Former police chief in Nova Scotia sentenced to 15 months in jail for sexually exploiting teen

BRIDGEWATER, N.S.—Moments before a former Nova Scotia police chief was sentenced to 15 months in jail for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl, the victim read a statement in court, describing John Collyer as the “monster” who ruined her life.

The woman, now 20, spoke in a clear but monotone voice, saying Collyer was like a father to her when she and her mother moved to Nova Scotia and were in need support from the community of Bridgewater, which is near the province’s southwestern coast.

She said Collyer, then deputy chief of the Bridgewater Police Service, and his wife stepped forward to help.

Court heard the senior police officer became a mentor to the girl, who was then 12 years old. He took her to appointments, on shopping trips and sometimes to a beach near his home.

But something happened when she turned 15, she said.