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Espanola Court considering diversion for police officer charged with resisting arrest

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The Espanola Court will hear an application from a Greater Sudbury Police constable’s lawyer for diversion rather than a trial and a possible court record.

Melisa Rancourt was put on administrative leave from the police service after being charged with resisting arrest and trespassing at the Espanola Regional Recreation Complex on September 26th.

According to the court clerk’s office, she and her attorney will be back in court after completing an application for diversion through the John Howard Society.

The diversion allows individuals to acknowledge their acts in various ways from community service to an apology and usually counselling rather than be convicted and have a criminal record.

She is to appear in virtual court on January 10th for the court to consider her application for diversion.

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