Charge against North Grenville O.P.P. officer withdrawn

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

BROCKVILLE – An assault charge against a North Grenville O.P.P. officer has been withdrawn.

Const. Thomas Hogbin, 37, had been facing a single count of assault following the arrest of an intoxicated woman at a home on River Road, northwest of Kemptville, in November 2016.

According to the O.P.P., both the 53-year-old woman and the officer had been hurt after there was some sort of “interaction” during her transport to an O.P.P. station.

The Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU) laid the assault charge in February 2017.

Court records show that charge was withdrawn during a court appearance on Sept. 25, 2017.

In an email to Brockville Newswatch, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General spokesman Emilie Smith said the “Crown carefully considered the totality of the evidence and the relevant legal principles in withdrawing the charge.”

Typically, a charge is withdrawn by the Crown if there is no reasonable prospect of conviction.

Information on whether the officer will face a Police Services Act hearing was not immediately available.

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