In spite of the lasting impact that such false allegations have on an innocent accused person’s life, the trial in this case remains an “unreported” judgement, almost as if it never happened within the legal world. It did generate press coverage though (see below). Mr. Clark as criminal defence counsel secured verdicts of not guilty on false allegations of sexual assault, touching for a sexual purpose the body of a person under the age of fourteen years, inviting a person under the age of fourteen years to touching for a sexual purpose, and being a person in position of authority/trust touching for a sexual purpose the body of a person under the age of fourteen years. Some people may have a hard time believing that a child could make up stories like this. It does happen. It has happened. It will happen again. Especially in delicate situations such as this, it is respectfully submitted that experienced counsel can make the difference between relative freedom on one hand and being legally branded for life on the other.
‘I’ve had a gun to my head’ – Man wants life back after sex charges tossed – BRETT CLARKSON, SUN MEDIA
Man acquitted on child sex charges plans to sue police – ELIZABETH BOWER, QMI AGENCY
FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2009 02:40 AM EDT | UPDATED: TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2009