Thursday, November 17, 2016
Toronto pastor Brent Hawkes takes stand at N.S. trial, denies sexual allegations
KENTVILLE, N.S. -- Toronto pastor Brent Hawkes says no sexual activity took place in his home on the day he is accused of gross indecency on a 16-year-old male.
Hawkes took the stand at his trial Thursday in Kentville, N.S.
On Tuesday, a man testified that Hawkes led him down a hallway naked during a drunken get-together at his Nova Scotia trailer in the mid-1970s and performed sex acts on him in a bedroom.
Hawkes, then a teacher in his mid-20s in the Annapolis Valley, said Thursday it wasn't unusual that students and teachers would come by his trailer, especially around that time to say goodbye because he was moving to Toronto.
"I think it would be accurate to say I was a pretty popular teacher," he testified.
He said students often attended parties with teachers following a school event like a musical or a hockey game. But he denied serving students alcohol on the day in question, and said there was no sexual activity at his trailer. (more...)