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Allegations of sexual assault against Toronto transit rider

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These are volatile times for gender relations issues. How society perceives sexual assault, and how the legal system deals with it, are under intense scrutiny of late. Without a doubt, sex crimes are a serious matter, and it is good to maintain an open dialogue with hopes of changing how people think about these types of crimes. It is, however, a very bad time for anyone accused of sexual assault, as a recently arrested Toronto man will no doubt agree.

The alleged incident happened on April 24, at Kennedy subway station. An 18-year-old woman claims that at about 12:30 a.m. a man approached her inside the station. According to her statement, the man struck up a conversation with her, and then sexually assaulted her. She walked away, but he allegedly followed her onto an LRT, disembarking at Scarborough Town Centre.

On April 25, the 28-year-old man surrendered to police, and they placed him under arrest. The charges against him are criminal harassment and sexual assault. Believing there may be other victims, Toronto Police released a picture of the accused individual along with his name on the internet.

An accusation of sexual assault is a serious matter, and may have a major impact on a person’s life. Having the accusation made public may be especially demoralizing. Anyone accused of a crime, however, has the right to defend him or herself against those accusations. Doing so without experienced assistance may not lead to the best possible results. A defence lawyer who handles all manner of criminal law cases may be the right choice for a person facing serious accusations.

Source: CTV News – Toronto, “Woman sexually assaulted at Kennedy Station“, Courtney Greenberg, April 28, 2017

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