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    Dearborn police officer’s sexual assault trial begins Monday

    Dearborn police officer Justin Smith will face a judge Monday as he stands accused of sexual assault.
    The case has been in court several previous times. A jury trial was canceled and now it has become a bench trial in which a judge will determine guilt.
    Smith is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in May 2016. Court testimony revealed that Smith knew the woman, who worked as a waitress at a local restaurant with whom he is friendly.
    The unidentified woman claims Smith stopped her car after she left her boyfriend’s house near Cherry Hill and Telegraph roads. She said the contact was unwelcome and entirely unexpected.
    “It was an awkward silence, and then he just turned into the car, reached in and touched my (breast) and then went on about his business,” the woman said in court.
    There is dashcam video of the incident. However, it does not show much. Smith said he only touched the woman’s shoulder.
    He was suspended without pay.
    “The Dearborn Police Department is committed to remaining completely transparent in matters of this nature and we will continue to do that during the course of this investigation,” Dearborn police Chief Ronald Haddad said. “An ongoing internal investigation is underway, and we will continue to monitor the criminal case in court.”
    by WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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