Thunder Bay’s former chief of police facing breach of trust, obstruction charges

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Former Thunder Bay police chief Sylvie Hauth in an undated photo. APTN.

Sylvie Hauth, the former chief of police in Thundery Bay is facing two counts of obstruct justice and breach of trust by a public officer and obstruct public or peace office.

The charges are part of a larger investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

The charges against Hauth come just days after a former lawyer with the police service was charged.

Hauth’s next court date is May 7.

The OPP laid five charges against Holly Walbourne on Tuesday.

In late 2021, the Ministry of the Attorney General requested the OPP investigate allegations of misconduct by members of the Thunder Bay police service.

Walbourne was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Thunder Bay on May 10.

In a statement, lawyers representing Walbourne said “we are shocked and disappointed that the OPP decided to charge her. We look forward to seeing the OPP’s evidence and to defending the case in court.”

In December of 2023, Sgt. Mike Dimini was arrested and charged with two counts of assault and one count each of breach of trust by a police officer and obstructing justice, as part of the same investigation.

The OPP says the investigations are ongoing.

Hauth was previously facing Police Services Act charges of discreditable conduct and deceit.

Those charges were dismissed by the Ontario Civilian Police Commission in February 2023 when Hauth abruptly retired from the TBPS.

A statement released by the Thunder Bay police said it “welcomed and fully cooperated in the investigation.”

“It is another step toward resolution of this matter, and our ability to wholly move forward as a police service. As the justice process is carried out, we will continue our path forward, learning from the past in order to make the most of the future.”

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