A criminal trial started today in Montreal involving the first police officer to be charged following an independent investigation by Quebec’s police watchdog.
Roger Fréchette, a Montreal police officer, faces one count of sexual assault against a woman from Ontario who was visiting Montreal in February 2019.
Fréchette was charged in February 2020 with the single count following an investigation by the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes.
He is suspended with pay.
The alleged victim in the case, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, is the first witness.
The trial is scheduled to last five days and is being heard by Quebec court Judge Lori Renée Weitzman.
© 2021 The Canadian Press