Trial begins for former RCMP officer charged with sexual assault

MEDICINE HAT, AB — The trial for a former RCMP officer charged with sexual assault nearly two years ago got underway in the Medicine Hat Court of Queen’s Bench on Monday.

Elliot Teed was charged with one count of sexual assault and two counts of breach of trust in April 2016 in connection with a traffic stop near Bow Island in February 2015. He pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

The trial immediately got underway with the woman who filed the complaint against Teed taking the stand in the courtroom. Her identity is protected under a publication ban.

The woman testified that she was travelling on Highway 3 on February 12, 2015, when she was stopped during a check stop near Bow Island.

She testified Mounties identified a smell of marijuana in her vehicle, which she confirmed was true, and told them she also had marijuana in her vehicle.

The woman was asked to pull over to the side of the road and exit her vehicle. She identified Teed, who was sitting in the courtroom, as one of the officers involved in the checkstop.

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