A longtime Ontario Hockey League billet and gym teacher from Kingston, Ont., has been found guilty of two of three charges he was facing in a sexual assault trial involving allegations spanning three decades.
A jury in Napanee, Ont. found Neil Joynt, 75, guilty on two counts of indecent assault against a male, crimes dating as far back as 1962.
The jury found Joynt not guilty of a separate charge of sexual assault stemming from the 1980s.
The names of the victims are sealed to protect their identity. They accused Joynt, who was their physical education teacher at the time of the crimes, of touching their penises or masturbating them when they were between the ages of 12 and 14.
The Crown argued that the accused was in a position of trust and authority when the crimes took place.
Family members of one of the victims told CBC News that they were happy with the outcome of the trial, and hoped it would convince other potential victims to come forward.
Joynt was arrested in 2013 after the victims complained to police — in one case more than 40 years after the alleged events took place.
A pre-sentencing hearing is set for January 2017 in Napanee.
A man and a woman from Toronto face charges after three teen girls were brought from the Toronto area to work in Ottawa's sex trade, Ottawa police say.
Sgt. Jeff LeBlanc of the Ottawa police human trafficking unit said patrol officers got a call from someone concerned about a young woman who may have been in the Centretown area early Monday morning.
As they investigated, officers went to a hotel and found "what appeared to be an operation being run out of a few hotel rooms that involved the advertisement and sale of sexual services involving underage females," Leblanc said.
The girls — 15, 16 and 17 years old — are all from the Toronto area, police said.
"We have reason to believe [the accused] had been operating for a longer period of time and in multiple jurisdictions," LeBlanc said in an interview.
"We've already been in contact with Toronto area police, we're dealing with Peel, Toronto and York, to kind of create a timeline as to what happened in the weeks and maybe even months leading up to them arriving in Ottawa."
Police believe the three teens and two accused had only been in Ottawa for a few days before they were found, Leblanc said.
On GTA police radar
GTA - Greater Toronto Area - A 27-year-old Toronto man and a 19-year-old Toronto woman were arrested at the downtown Ottawa hotel. They are each charged with:
Three counts of trafficking people under 18 years old.
Three counts of receiving material benefits for human trafficking.
Three counts of procuring persons under 18 years old to provide sexual services.
Three counts of advertising another person's sexual services.
One count of failing to comply with a judicial release.
The woman is also facing a charge of breach of probation.
They weren't known to Ottawa police but had been on the radar of police in the Toronto area, Leblanc said.
It's fairly common for human traffickers to move victims between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal given their relatively close locations, he added.
At the heart of the Cranbrook trial is the lifestyle of a breakaway sect of Mormons in Bountiful who openly practiced polygamy and allegedly shared girls between sects.
A first of its kind trial has begun in Cranbrook, British Columbia where three people are charged with transporting an underaged girl across the U.S. border where she was expected to marry a much older man.
James Oler, Brandon Blackmore and Ruth Crossfield were charged over two years ago with unlawful removal of a child from Canada for sexual purposes.
The three are alleged polygamists from a breakaway Mormon sect in Bountiful, near Creston, B.C.
Blackmore and Crossfield are alleged to have taken part in shuttling the underaged girl into the U.S. to be married to an older American sect member, while James Oler was a leader of the B.C. sect at the time.
The evidence against the three came to light in the investigation of American polygamous leader Warren Jeffs, who was sentenced to life in prison for being an accomplice to rape. Jeffs was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl and 15-year-old girl he had taken as child brides.
At the heart of the Cranbrook trial is the lifestyle of secretive fundamentalist Mormons who openly practiced polygamy and allegedly shared girls between sects.
The case will take weeks with legal arguments alone expected to last until mid-November. Arguments over legal procedures taking place this week can't be reported on.
A charge of polygamy was also laid against Oler and Winston Blackmore, Brandon Blackmore's younger brother, which will be tried separately.
With files from Bob Keating
Gerry Sklavounos, the MNA who left the Liberal caucus last week after being accused of sexual assault, has taken medical leave from the National Assembly.
Sklavounos announced the decision in a letter obtained by Radio-Canada addressed to Jacques Chagnon, president of the National Assembly.
MNA - Member of National Assembly, Quebec's provincial parliament. There is much about this story that I don't like. Please read below the photo of Quebec City for an explanation.
In the letter, Sklavounos wrote that the "present situation has greatly affected him."
"Over the last few days, public declarations putting my conduct into question have quickly escalated and have affected my reputation as well as the reputation of the person who has accused me," wrote Sklavounos.
"In this context, it seems appropriate to me to give as much space to authorities so that they can carry out their delicate task, out of respect for all people involved."
He does not say how much time he will be taking off.
"Under the advice of my close advisors, I consulted my doctor, who prescribed a leave to allow me to face the situation as best as I can, with the support of my family," wrote Sklavounos.
In the letter, Sklavounos said his team will continue to work in his riding while he is away.
The alleged assault happened in 2014.
Alice Paquet first went public with the allegation last week during a vigil for Laval University sexual assault victims, but initially didn't name her alleged assailant.
The next day she named Sklavounos as the man who allegedly assaulted her.
Sklavounos has not been charged with any crime. Quebec City police have an open investigation into the allegations.
He left the Liberal caucus on Oct. 20. Sklavounos was the deputy house leader under Premier Philippe Couillard and has served as the MNA for Laurier-Dorion since 2007.
Quebec City, Quebec
'A kiss is not a contract'
Paquet says she met Sklavounos when she was working in a restaurant.
He was there with other politicians.
She says he came to see her and asked what she thought of something they had been discussing. She told him she didn't want to discuss politics at work.
She says he asked if she wanted to have a drink with him and she thought it would be interesting to talk to an MNA, so she agreed.
She says she found him attractive and agreed to go to his room.
"Up to a point I consented," Paquet said.
"But a kiss isn't a contract. An embrace isn't a contract."
When Radio-Canada journalist Anne-Marie Dussault asked Paquet if she said "no," Paquet replied, "I never said 'yes.'"
Alice, by your own admission you consented 'up to a point'. If you didn't say 'no', at what point did your understood consent end, and how was Sklavounos supposed to know that it ended? How difficult is it to say 'no' or 'stop'?
Do you actually require a written contract before having sex with someone? Because, if you do it's going to be a long time before it happens again.
I quite obviously don't understand all the circumstances here, but there is nothing in what she states here that would lead me to believe there was any kind of sexual assault. That goes completely against the grain of this blog for me to side with the man against a woman, but it looks to me like there is something very wrong with this accusation.
It's a point she made in a Facebook post about the incident, which was later deleted.
In the post she wrote, "No, I'm not sure I said 'No.' But without 'yes' it's 'no.' I was scared, and at all times in a sexual encounter we should feel totally comfortable. Free to stop, and not be blamed for it either."
She said after the first time they met up, she went to see him a second time and was sexually assaulted again.
"I was really confused," she said. "I went back, I'm not sure what I was expecting."