Monday, November 14, 2016

Prominent Toronto pastor to face trial on allegations he sexually assaulted teen in the 1970s

KENTVILLE, N.S. — A judge in Nova Scotia is set to hear the case of a well-known Toronto pastor facing charges related to decades-old sex-crime allegations.

The trial of Rev. Brent Hawkes, an influential gay rights advocate who officiated at former NDP leader Jack Layton’s state funeral in 2011, is slated to begin Monday in Kentville provincial court.

Hawkes has pleaded not guilty to charges of indecent assault and gross indecency related to allegations that he sexually assaulted a minor in Nova Scotia in the 1970s.

Nova Scotia’s Public Prosecution Service has said the alleged victim was 15 or 16 years old at the time.   (more...)

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