Drew Simpson. February 20, 2018. (Blackburn News file photo)

Harassment charges dropped against former local political hopeful

A trio of charges that were laid against a Chatham man who ran for political office in Chatham-Kent during both the municipal and provincial elections in 2018 have been dropped.

Drew Simpson is set to appear in court twice before a scheduled trial in January 2020, but neither case relates to criminal harassment or resisting arrest.

Simpson was charged in London in March 2018 with two counts of criminal harassment in connection with what police said was “a domestic-related incident.”¬†He was also later charged with resisting arrest¬†after Chatham police took him into custody on an outstanding warrant for failing to attend court in London.

According to documents apparently sent from Paul D. Watson Law Office that Blackburn News received on Friday, the criminal harassment charge was dropped on July 17, 2018 and the resisting arrest charge was dropped on November 7, 2018.

“Now that the charges have been withdrawn, Drew Simpson is asking that you publish or broadcast a new report confirming that the charges were withdrawn,” the law office said in a statement. “This report should be published or broadcast in a manner that gives the same degree of attention to the report that charges were laid.”

Court documents provided by Simpson indicate a peace bond was issued on October 18, 2018 and is in effect for one year. During that time Simpson is not allowed to possess any weapons or communicate and be within a certain distance of a woman named in the peace bond.

Blackburn News was not able to confirm before press time if the papers were sent from the law firm.

Simpson’s legal challenges are not behind him yet, though.

On August 16, 2019, Simpson is set to return to court on a breach of recognizance charge. He is also set to appear in court on December 4, to speak to an assault charge. The trial for the assault charge will be on January 3, 2020.

Simpson ran for Ward 6 councillor in the 2018 election and garnered 564 votes.