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The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged Thunder Bay’s police chief with obstruction of justice and breach of trust.
According to a release sent Tuesday afternoon from the OPP, the investigation started in January at the request of the RCMP.
Jean Paul Levesque, 53, will be in court June 13.
The investigation was undertaken by the OPP’s criminal investigations branch.
Levesque and the Thunder Bay police have been under fire lately for how the force deals with crimes against Indigenous peoples.
The force is also being reviewed by the office of the Ontario Police Review Director.
According to a release from the Thunder Bay police board, Levesque was off on medical leave at the time he was charged.
Levesque’s lawyer Brian Gover said in a statement that his client “looks forward to fully responding to the allegations against him, and to his ultimate vindication.”
More to come.