Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Graphic testimony heard in historic sex-crime trial of prominent Toronto pastor

KENTVILLE, N.S. -- A man sobbed into his hands in a Kentville, N.S., courtroom Tuesday as he testified that well-known Toronto pastor Brent Hawkes encouraged him and other teenage males to strip at a drunken party in the 1970s, and then took him to a bedroom for sex.

"I remember him saying he knew he'd have me, he had been grooming for two years by that point in time," the man, who said he was then about 16, told Hawkes' trial in Kentville provincial court.

Hawkes faces charges of indecent assault and gross indecency and has pleaded not guilty.

The witness said he was part of a group of people who went to Hawkes' trailer in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley sometime in the mid-1970s, where Hawkes suggested they play a drinking game that involved removing their clothes.

The witness, who is the complainant in the case and can't be identified under a publication ban, said Hawkes eventually led him naked to a bedroom.  (more...)


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