Sex assault trial of former Bridgewater police chief begins

The trial of a former Bridgewater, N.S., police chief accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl began Monday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

John Collyer was charged two years ago with sexual assault and sexual exploitation following an investigation by Nova Scotia's independent police watchdog, the Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT).

Collyer and his lawyer were in court in Bridgewater Monday as the weeklong trial opened. He has pleaded not guilty.

The complainant, who was 17 at the time, was also in court with members of her family.

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