Crown stays sexual assault charge of a group home worker
Article originally appeared in: Calgary Herald
Crown stays sexual assault charge of suspect
A group home worker accused of sexually assaulting a teenager has had the charge dropped. The accused was due to stand trial on Monday for the alleged sexual assault at the group home, but the Crown did not file an appeal of their acquittal on an unrelated sexual assault allegation. Although a stay allows the Crown to revive a charge within 12 months, it is uncommon for that to happen. In January, the accused was acquitted of four sex-related charges involving a teenage boy they coached in basketball. The judge, in that case, said they were not convinced of the accused's innocence, but there were discrepancies and inconsistencies in the complainant's evidence, leaving the judge with reasonable doubt.