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Adjournment sought in first court appearance for RCMP member facing sexual assault and voyeurism charges

The case of an RCMP member who is facing a charge of sexual assault and another of voyeurism was adjourned in provincial court in Yarmouth on Feb. 19.

This was the first time the charges have appeared on the docket since the charges were laid in January.

Constable Yannick Frechette, a member of the Meteghan RCMP Detachment, was not in court. His lawyer, Phil Star, explained to the court that the case is being handled by a special Crown prosecutor from Halifax and the defence and Crown have been trying to coordinate court dates.

The matter will be back before the court on March 4. There was no plea entered.

Frechette was charged following an investigation by the province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) into an incident alleged to have occurred at a party held at the home of another RCMP member in the early hours of Dec. 16.

SiRT was contacted on Dec. 17, 2018, by the RCMP Southwest Nova District, regarding allegations of sexual assault and voyeurism committed against a female. SiRT issued a media release on Jan. 17 saying charges had been laid.

The RCMP say Frechette was immediately suspended with pay.

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