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Criminal Code offences - Offences against person and reputation - Assaults - Sexual assault - Consent - Honest but mistaken belief

Thursday, August 18, 2016 @ 8:00 PM  

Appeal by the Crown from a Youth Court decision acquitting the accused, JR, of sexual assault. The accused and the complainant, age 15, were high school students with no prior interactions. The accused approached the complainant during a workout and asked her if she was involved with another boy. He subsequently made a comment regarding her body. On their way out of the school, the accused complimented the complainant about her body and slapped her buttocks several times. The complainant felt uncomfortable and laughed off the...