Ac­cused in ‘knees to­gether’ sex as­sault re­trial not guilty

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

CAL­GARY — A man who was tried for a sec­ond time af­ter a judge made con­tro­ver­sial com­ments at the orig­i­nal trial has been found not guilty of sex­ual as­sault. Alexan­der Wa­gar, who is 29, was ac­quit­ted in 2014 by Cal­gary Judge Robin Camp, who ruled Wa­gar was a more cred­i­ble wit­ness than the 19-yearold com­plainant. Camp called her “the ac­cused” through­out that trial and asked her why she couldn’t keep her knees to­gether. The Al­berta Court of Ap­peal over­turned the ac­quit­tal and or­dered a new trial. The judge in the re­trial says af­ter con­sid­er­ing the tes­ti­mony of both the woman and the ac­cused, he was left with rea­son­able doubt that a sex­ual as­sault hap­pened. Camp is now a Fed­eral Court judge and the Cana­dian Ju­di­cial Coun­cil is de­cid­ing whether to rec­om­mend he be re­moved from the bench.

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