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Thunder Bay Police Chief Charged with statement from Thunder Bay Police Services Board

The Thunder Bay Police Services Board has been made aware that Chief of the Thunder Bay Police Service, J.P. Levesque, has been charged in connection with an investigation by the OPP.  The Board has to date limited information regarding the nature of these charges.

As this matter is before the courts we will not be making a public comment.

The Board has received confirmation that Chief Levesque is off work on medical leave at this time.

The public can be assured that the members of the Thunder Bay Police Service will continue to serve and protect our community. We have full confidence in Deputy Chief Hauth and our Senior Command staff to lead the TBPS through this challenging time.

FROM/DE:   Criminal Investigation Services                        DATE: May 23, 2017

THUNDER BAY RESIDENT CHARGED FOLLOWING INVESTIGATION

(ORILLIA, ON) – Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged a Thunder Bay resident following an investigation relating to allegations of criminal wrongdoing.

In January 2017, the OPP received a request from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) O-Division to conduct an external, independent and thorough investigation. The investigation was referred to a qualified Major Case Manager with the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

Following a five-month investigation, the OPP have charged Jean Paul (J.P.) LEVESQUE, aged 53 years of Thunder Bay, with Breach of Trust (Sec. 122) and Obstructing Justice (Sec.139) contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

The accused is expected to appear on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Thunder Bay.

The OPP will not comment further in order to protect the integrity of the investigation and the ongoing court processes.

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