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Thunder Bay police chief charged with breach of trust

The OPP say they've charged Thunder Bay Police Chief J.P. Levesque with breach of trust and obstructing justice.

Provincial police launched an investigation in January at the request of the RCMP, according to a news release issued by OPP on Tuesday.

The investigation was referred to a qualified major case manager with the OPP criminal investigation branch, according to the news release.

Levesque, 53, is currently off on medical leave, according to the Thunder Bay Police Services Board. 

"The public can be assured that the members of the Thunder Bay Police Service will continue to serve and protect our community," said a statement issued by the board on Tuesday afternoon just moments after the OPP issued its release.

"We have full confidence in Deputy Chief Hauth and our senior command staff to lead TBPS through this challenging time," the board's statement said.