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Local RCMP officer charged with sexual assault

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The province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) has laid a charge of sexual assault against Cpl. Gregory Deagle of Pictou District RCMP.

SiRT was contacted on December 28, 2019, by Bible Hill RCMP, regarding an allegation of sexual assault against a female known to the RCMP member. The incident is alleged to have occurred earlier that month. As a result, SiRT commenced an investigation that day.

Deagle will appear in Truro provincial court on March 4.

In a separate investigation, another male member of the Pictou RCMP has been cleared in a sexual assault allegation involving a female who was known to him.

As part of this investigation, SiRT interviewed the affected party as well as a number of civilian witnesses, and reviewed text messages between the two.

The investigation has determined that there had been sexual encounters between them but that all encounters were consensual.

SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia.

The team can independently launch an investigation or begin one after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public.

A public report summarizing the results of the investigation must be filed within three months after it is finished.