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B.C. cops acquitted in Cuba

Two Metro Vancouver police officers have been acquitted in Cuba, after they were accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl from Ontario last March.

Vancouver Const. Mark Simms and Port Moody Const. Jordan Long were arrested while on vacation in Varadero, Cuba and released, but they've been unable to return home since.

Simms had been accused of assaulting the 17 year old, while Long was accused of being an accomplice.

Last month, the two had a one-day trial in front of a five-person judicial panel, and on Thursday, the panel acquitted the two men.

Leo Knight, a retired police officer and friend of the accused who's been following the case, told CTV News the panel of judges didn't believe the assault occurred.

The officers are still unable to return to Canada, as they wait a possible appeal of the decision.

– with files from CTV Vancouver



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