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Former Quebec Liberal MNA convicted of sexual assault, given 50 hours community service

Yves St-Denis was convicted of sexual assault.
Yves St-Denis was convicted of sexual assault. Yves St-Denis introduction video/Assemblée nationale du Québec

A former member of Quebec’s legislature was convicted of sexual assault Thursday and given a conditional discharge with 50 hours of community service.

Quebec court judge Michèle Toupin agreed with the joint sentencing recommendation from the Crown and defence for Yves St-Denis, a former Liberal member for the riding of Argenteuil. He was sentenced at the St-Jerome courthouse north of Montreal.

In her decision, Toupin said the events took place in May 2017 after a night of drinking that included several people. St-Denis refused an offer to sleep at the home of his hosts and ended up at the house of the victim.

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The judge said the victim refused St-Denis’ request they sleep together and told him to sleep on the couch. Shortly afterwards, St-Denis didn’t feel comfortable and went to the woman’s bedroom to tell her he was leaving.

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The judge said the victim woke up and had to physically push him away as he attempted to kiss her. St-Denis had testified he sat on the victim’s bed and gave her a goodbye kiss on each cheek.

St-Denis, who was first elected in 2014, denied he had assaulted the woman, but the judge said his version of events was not credible.

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