Nova Scotia

Bridgewater police officer charged with assault

A member of the Bridgewater Police service has been charged on two counts of assault.

Accused was a 'domestic violence educator'

A member of the Bridgewater Police service has been charged with two counts of assault.  

Christine Bonnell, 46, of Bridgewater, faces two charges of assaulting a man stemming from alleged incidents in July. Police would not identify the alleged victim.  

Police say Bonnell was not on active duty with the Bridgewater Police Service at the time of the alleged assaults.

The charges are related to a domestic violence complaint received by police on Aug. 1, when Bridgewater Police were doing an impaired driving investigation. At that time, the driver told police he had been a victim of domestic violence. 

When police realized the driver was accusing a member of their own force, they called in the Serious Incident Response Team, which took over the investigation.

The SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing.  

Bridgewater police say Bonnell has not been on active duty for a couple of years. While on the force, she was described as being a domestic violence educator. 

Bonnell is scheduled to appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court on Aug. 29.