October 26th, 2020

Pre-trial conference for BTPS sex assault case adjourned


By Shurtz, Delon on March 5, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A Blood Tribe Police officer charged last year with sexual assault is still waiting to set a trial date.

Const. Bradley Chief Body, who pleaded not guilty last month to two counts of sexual assault, was expected to set a trial date Wednesday in Lethbridge provincial court.

However, an agent for the accused’s Calgary lawyer, Cory Wilson, told court defence was unaware it needed to have a pre-trial conference before scheduling the two-day trial, and the matter was adjourned until next month.

Chief Body, who was suspended from duty with pay, was charged July 16 of last year following an investigation by ASIRT, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team.

Investigators reported that on two occasions in February 2017, an on-duty officer sexually assaulted a woman by improperly touching her, over clothing, without her consent. The complainant reported the alleged assaults following the second incident.

Although the Crown initially elected to proceed by indictment, it re-elected a month ago to proceed by less serious summary conviction. An accused convicted of sexual assault where the Crown proceeds by indictment is liable to imprisonment for up to 10 years, while a summary conviction is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 18 months.

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