Ex-group home operator acquitted of sex crime – Manitoba News

Ex-group home operator acquitted of sex crime – Manitoba News

The former operator of a Brandon group home for intellectually challenged residents has been acquitted of a sexual assault case in which it was alleged he’d raped one of its residents.

In delivering his verdict on Wednesday, Justice Robert Cummings ruled that he believed the testimony of the accused who denied the sexual assaults.

“There are several inconsistencies between the evidence of the accused and the evidence of the complainant,” Cummings said. “In each case, I believe the evidence of the accused.”

The Brandon Sun isn’t naming the 59-year-old man who stood trial this week in Brandon Court of Queen’s Bench because doing so may identify complainants whose identities are covered by a publication ban.

The accused had testified that he and his wife started to run the home in 1984 and that he operated it with her until 1997 when she left him. He continued to run it until February 2012, about the time the allegations came to light.

At the time of the alleged assaults, residents were placed at the home by Manitoba Family Services and Housing.

The accused was initially charged with two counts of sexual assault in relation to two women who lived there. One was allegedly assaulted in 1985 when she was 16 to 17 years old, and the other in 1997 when she was 18 or…

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