Claresholm man accused of sexually assaulting teens pleads not guilty

By Patrick Burles - @PatrickBurles on Twitter
January 10, 2018 - 3:43pm

FORT MACLEOD – A Claresholm man accused of sexually assaulting multiple teens has entered pleas of not guilty, and will proceed to trial.

A lawyer appearing for the man – who cannot be named to protect the identity of the alleged victims – entered the pleas Wednesday, Jan. 10, in Fort Macleod Provincial court.

It was noted that a minimum of two days would be required for the trial, meaning the Crown and defence will need to hold a pre-trial conference to determine exactly how much court time should be booked. The matter was then adjourned to Jan. 31, to schedule a trial date.

Claresholm RCMP launched an investigation on Nov. 15, 2017, after five teens came forward alleging numerous sexual assault incidents over approximately 11 months.

As a result of that investigation, the accused was charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation and sexual interference.

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