As is seen time and again, individuals who work with others on a level which may be deemed intimate, whether physically or emotionally, are sometimes subjected to accusations of inappropriate behaviour. While in some cases the claims are valid, in others it comes out that actions are misinterpreted, or sometimes the allegations are utter fabrications. A man working just north of Toronto at a counselling service now finds himself facing charges of sexual assault
, and an uncertain future.
The incident is alleged to have taken place on Oct. 19, 2016 in Richmond Hill. A man attending a counselling appointment with the John Howard Society reported to police later that same day that he had been sexually assaulted by an employee of the Society. An arrest was made on Nov. 1.
The accused is a 36-year-old Ajax man, who is now no longer working for the organization. Police have laid four charges in total, including one for forcible confinement, one for assault and two for sexual assault. He will appear in court to face these charges on Dec. 7, 2016.
In situations like these, it is not uncommon for employers to create distance between themselves and the accused. And that may be just the beginning of a long and difficult time for any man or woman who ends up facing similar allegations. For the best chance against claims of sexual assault, a defence attorney experienced with criminal law in Toronto and the surrounding area may be the right choice. This is not a set of circumstances an individual needs to face alone.
Toronto Sun, "Former employee with non-profit organization facing sexual assault charges
", Rachael D'Amore, Nov. 15, 2016