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January hearing set for RCMP officer charged with assault in Bible Hill

<p>The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) has commenced an investigation regarding an allegation made by a Yarmouth man regarding what he states was inappropriate sexual touching during an arrest by members of the Annapolis Royal Police Department (ARPD) on July 9, 2015.</p>
<p>The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) has commenced an investigation regarding an allegation made by a Yarmouth man regarding what he states was inappropriate sexual touching during an arrest by members of the Annapolis Royal Police Department (ARPD) on July 9, 2015.</p>

TRURO, N.S.

An RCMP officer charged with assault and uttering threats against a woman is to appear in provincial court on Jan. 8.

Cst. Gregory Whalen, 47, of Bible Hill, was arrested October 20 after RCMP responded to a home in Bible Hill following the alleged incident the previous day.

Whalen, an eight-year member of the force (who does not work out of the Colchester detachment), was charged following an investigation by the province’s Serious Incident Response Unit.

In provincial court in Truro Wednesday morning, a Halifax lawyer addressed the hearing via telephone to say that he was appearing on behalf of criminal defence lawyer Joel Pink, who is to represent Whelan.

The lawyer said disclosure had not been provided as yet and he requested a January date to enable time for both the Crown and defence to receive the information.

John Scott, interim director for SiRT, said in an earlier news release that seven police officers had been interviewed during its investigation, and there are written notes provided by another officer.

Other evidence related to the matter was also collected and reviewed, he said.

An RCMP spokesperson said Whalen is currently suspended with pay from the force.

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