Sexual misconduct allegation in Cuba: Simon Houle's case with the DPCP

Allegation of sexual misconduct in Cuba: Simon Houle's file with the DPCP

Simon Houle was absolved on June 21 after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a friend and taking pictures of her private parts.

Police submitted to the Director of Criminal Prosecutions and Penal (DPCP) the conclusions of its investigation concerning Simon Houle who allegedly showed misconduct, shortly after having benefited from an absolution for sexual assault and voyeurism. The engineer refused to answer the investigators' questions.

The Lac des Deux-Montagnes Police Department was seized of the case last month after a teacher from the Laurentians, Vickie Vachon, filed a complaint against the 30-year-old Trifluvien. She claims that Simon Houle grabbed her buttocks without her consent in a bar in Cayo Coco, Cuba, on the night of July 3-4.

However, less than two weeks earlier, the engineer was granted a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a friend and taking photos of her private parts at a party in 2019.

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In a controversial decision, the judge of the Court of Quebec Matthieu Poliquin had affirmed that the consequences of a criminal record would be disproportionate, since the aggressor could no longer travel for his work. The court also considered that Simon Houle was a person of good character and that his crimes were contextual and specific in his life.

The police met with the complainant and witnesses from the evening to obtain their statements. The investigators summoned the suspect, but he did not want to give a version of the facts, explains the publicist Jean-Philippe Labbé.

Once the investigation was completed in early August, the file was submitted to the DPCP, which will determine whether Simon Houle should be charged. The legal analysis involves issues of jurisdiction, since the actions would have been taken outside the country. The engineer could, among other things, be accused of not having respected the conditions of his probation, which required him to have good conduct.

Jean-Philippe Labbé supports that the DPCP has requested a further investigation from the police, which will be provided in the coming weeks.

The DPCP does not have any public information at this time, s&#x27 ;is limited to responding to spokesperson Audrey Roy-Cloutier.

Reached by telephone, Vickie Vachon says she is at peace with her public denunciation and claims to have received numerous messages of support from population. I can't wait to hear the DPCP's decision, she slips.

A hearing before the Court of Appeal is scheduled for December 9, after the public prosecutor will have challenged the discharge granted to the engineer.

Simon Houle's lawyer, Pierre Spain, declined the request for an interview of Radio-Canada.

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