Judge finds para­medic not guilty of sex­ual as­sault

Cape Breton Post - - COMMUNITY/PROVINCE - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

A para­medic charged with sex­u­ally assaulting two young women in his home while pro­vid­ing first aid in­struc­tion has been found not guilty on three sex of­fences.

Trevor Dale Young, 49, of Birch Av­enue, New Water­ford, was charged with two counts of sex­u­ally as­sault and a sin­gle count of sex­ual touch­ing.

The of­fences were al­leged to have oc­curred in Au­gust 2011.

As a re­sult of sev­eral de­lays, the trial be­gan in Jan­uary 2015 and con­cluded in Oc­to­ber 2016. Pro­vin­cial court Judge David Ryan de­liv­ered his ver­dict in the case Tues­day.

The women, whose names are pro­hib­ited from publi­ca­tion, claimed that Young had touched their breasts and vagi­nal ar­eas while demon­strat­ing cer­tain first aid pro­ce­dures such as plac­ing an arm in a sling and the Heim­lich ma­noeu­ver.

In an­other demon­stra­tion in­volv­ing the proper plac­ing of a leg splint, one of the women tes­ti­fied Young placed the splint be­tween her legs and pushed it into her vagi­nal area.

One of the women re­ported the in­ci­dents to Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice two days later. Po­lice sub­se­quently charged Young.

In a lengthy oral de­ci­sion, Ryan said he was struck by the ev­i­dence of the two women when it came to notes they made af­ter the in­ci­dents at Young home.

Both tes­ti­fied to never re­view­ing the other’s notes but as Ryan pointed out in his de­ci­sion, there were some seven pas­sages from the notes that were iden­ti­cal in word­ing.

“The word­ing is vir­tu­ally iden­ti­cal. To be that iden­ti­cal is ask­ing that credulity be stretched to the ab­surd,” said the judge.

“They were both, in my opin­ion, less than truth­ful,” said Ryan, when it came to their tes­ti­mony about never see­ing the other’s notes in which they de­scribed what had oc­curred.

As a re­sult of the doubt cast by the notes, Ryan said he had to en­ter a not guilty ver­dict for the ac­cused.

Both women tes­ti­fied dur­ing the trial that it was a co­in­ci­dence their notes matched in cer­tain ar­eas and stead­fastly de­nied hav­ing seen the other’s prior to be­ing shown the notes in court.

There were also other in­con­sis­ten­cies in their tes­ti­mony, said Ryan, re­fer­ring to one woman’s claim that Young asked if she had any nip­ple pierc­ings be­cause the use of a de­fib­ril­la­tor de­vice would cause se­ri­ous burns to that area.

The other woman made no men­tion of such a comment dur­ing the in­struc­tion at Young’s home.

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