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Sherbrooke, Que., police officer faces sex assault charge after police watchdog probe

A file photo of a Sherbrooke, Que. police cruiser. The Canadian Press Images/Charles-Antoine Auger

Quebec’s independent police watchdog says an officer from Sherbrooke, Que., is facing a sexual assault charge.

In a statement, the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes says Samuel Ducharme was the subject of a modified warrant and was arrested earlier Thursday.

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The watchdog says he met with investigators and will be released under a promise to appear at the provincial courthouse on Dec. 3 in Sherbrooke, about 150 kilometres east of Montreal.

The 40-year-old Ducharme faces one count of sexual assault.

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The watchdog says the alleged crime took place in the course of his duties on Aug. 19, 2021.

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It says it won’t comment further as the matter is before the courts.

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