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Former officer to stand trial for sexual assault in 2024


By Delon Shurtz - Lethbridge Herald on October 25, 2022.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A retired Lethbridge police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Lethbridge several years ago is scheduled to stand trial, but not for another year and a half.

William Kaye, who last month elected to be tried by a Court of King’s Bench judge and jury, is set to stand trial April 22-May 3, 2024.

The trial date was set Monday in Lethbridge Court of King’s Bench, where an agent for Kaye’s lawyer pointed out a pre-trial conference has been set for April 20 of next year. A pre-trial conference is typically required to discuss matters and sort out issues beforehand in an effort to streamline the trial.

Kaye, 63, is charged with breach of trust, sexual assault and criminal harassment, stemming from alleged offences between December 2017 and April 2018 while the accused was involved with the Domestic Violence Action Team.

Police reported they began an investigation after a woman came forward with several claims involving a former Lethbridge police officer.

The accused turned himself in to the RCMP in March and was arrested. He was released on conditions shortly afterward and scheduled for subsequent court hearings, which were initially adjourned for defence to receive disclosure.

Kaye resigned in February 2021 from his positions on the Domestic Violence Action Team and from the board of the Chinook Sexual Assault Centre amid accusations of an unwanted sexual relationship. He retired as an inspector with the Lethbridge Police Service in 2014 after serving with the department for 35 years.

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