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Sexual Interference — Toronto Sexual Assault Lawyer

Client:  F.H., Accused
Complainants:  his daughter
Charges:  sexual assault, interference, and exploitation; invitation to sexual touching

The Queen v. F.H.
Ontario Court of Justice, Toronto
Judge Oleskiw
(acquitted: 5 April 2011)

Crown:  J. Rodopoulos, Assistant Crown Attorney, Toronto
Defence:  Craig Penney, Criminal Defence Lawyer, Toronto

¶ 1  CROWN:  Good afternoon, Your Honour. Rodopoulos, initial J., for the record. Your Honour, essentially from the evidence that we've heard from yesterday and especially from today — obviously part of the Crown's obligation is to re-assess reasonable prospect of conviction as stuff comes out during a trial and based on some of the evidence that came out both yesterday, but more importantly today, there are certain inconsistencies that go to the essential elements of the events and there is some evidence that came out which, upon re-assessment, I don't think I can, in good faith, ask Your Honour to find F.H. guilty on any of the counts. I think the reasonable prospect of conviction is, is not there at this point in the trial. In light of those reasons, I'm going to be asking — or I'm going to be inviting Your Honour to dismiss the charges before the Court.

¶ 2  THE COURT:  That's a very fair concession, Ms Rodopoulos. The charges, at the invitation of the Crown, are dismissed against you, sir. You're free to go.

¶ 3  MR PENNEY:  Thank you, Your Honour. Thank you for your patience throughout.