Latest NewsLocalPolitics

Toronto city councillor charged with sexual assault weeks before municipal election – The Province

Defence lawyer Calvin Barry said the charges are ‘on the lower end of the spectrum’ and Michael Thompson will plead not guilty

Author of the article:

The Canadian Press

Toronto Councillor Michael Thompson.
Toronto Councillor Michael Thompson. Photo by Veronica Henri/Postmedia/File

Toronto city councillor Michael Thompson has been charged with sexual assault, according to his lawyer.

Advertisement 2

Defence lawyer Calvin Barry says Thompson, who is in his fifth term as councillor for Scarborough Centre and is seeking re-election in October’s municipal election, faces two counts of sexual assault.

Canucks Report

Sign up to receive The Canucks Report newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox at the start of every series. Essential reading for hockey fans who eat, sleep, Canucks, repeat.

By clicking on the sign up button you consent to receive the above newsletter from Postmedia Network Inc. You may unsubscribe any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our emails. Postmedia Network Inc. | 365 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4 | 416-383-2300

Barry says the charges are “on the lower end of the spectrum” and Thompson will plead not guilty.

He says Thompson vehemently denies the allegations and looks forward to being exonerated.

Barry says the allegations stem from an incident that took place in the Muskoka area in July.

Toronto Mayor John Tory says in a statement that Thompson has agreed to resign from his positions as chair of Toronto’s Economic and Community Development Committee and deputy mayor for the east end of the city.

“While the councillor is facing these charges, it would not be appropriate for him to continue serving as deputy mayor or chair of a standing council committee,” Tory said in the statement Thursday evening.

In the statement, Tory says he takes sexual assault allegations and charges “very seriously” and he will not be making further comment as the case is before the courts.

Barry says Thompson has a Nov. 1 court date in Bracebridge, Ont.