Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Former Pride Toronto official faces sex assault, drugging charges

Former Pride Toronto co-chair Luka Amona
A former co-chair of Pride Toronto is on trial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a young man in August 2012.

Luka Amona, 38, who stepped down from Pride Toronto’s board days after being charged in September 2012, pleaded not guilty to both counts at the start of the judge-alone trial Monday.

In his opening statement, Crown prosecutor Fred Bartley alleged that Amona forced a now 22-year-old man to have anal intercourse at his apartment after a Pride volunteer appreciation party they both attended.

The man, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, testified he and Amona began a purely physical relationship at the end of May 2012.

He broke it off on the weekend of the Pride Parade at the end of June after he found out Amona was also seeing someone in Montreal.  (more...)

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