Ontario mayor charged with sexual assault seeks re-election

Ontario mayor charged with sexual assault seeks re-election

Woodstock Mayor Trevor Birtch

The mayor of Woodstock, Ontario will be seeking a third term in the October 24 municipal election, so He faces sexual assault charges.

Trevor Birtch, 47, filed the necessary paperwork on Friday, just hours from the deadline to run. He has been mayor for eight years.

Mr. Birtch was charged in February with assault and sexual assault. A charge of sexual assault with strangulation was later changed to a charge of sexual assault.

The mayor was also ordered not to approach unless 100 yards from the alleged victim, along with two other women.

In April, three more counts of sexual assault involving another woman were laid. According to the police, Trevor Birtch and the alleged victim know each other.

The alleged acts occurred between January 2017 and April this year.

None of the charges have been proven in court.

Mr. Birtch has been on paid leave since April.

CBC has sought comments, but had not received a response as of this publication.

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