OPP constable charged with assault following SIU investigation

An OPP constable has been charged for assault after a woman suffered serious injuries while in police custody in Orillia.

According to the SIU, there are reasonable grounds to believe the officer committed a criminal offence in relation to an interaction with the 43-year-old woman in September of 2019.

The matter was brought to the attention of the SIU by a civilian in April of last year.

The SIU investigation determined that at approximately 1:15 a.m. on Sept. 7, 2019, OPP officers arrested a woman outside the Studabakers Beachside in Orillia and transported her to the local detachment.

“While in a cell, the woman became involved in an interaction with a police officer. She was taken to hospital for treatment,” reads a media release.

“Two days later, the woman returned to hospital and was diagnosed with a serious injury.”

As a result of the SIU investigation, Constable Bailey Nicholls has been charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm.

He is slated to appear in Orillia court on Feb. 9.

“The matter is now properly before the courts. In consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation,” the media release concludes.

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