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Thornhill rom-con artist loses bid to stay conviction over frequent strip-searches

An interior of a courtroom at Old City Hall court in Toronto.
An interior of a courtroom at Old City Hall court in Toronto. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

TORONTO – A judge in Toronto has affirmed the conviction of a romance con artist who defrauded a woman of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Shaun Rootenberg, of Thornhill, Ont., had argued for a stay of proceedings over how he was strip-searched in detention.

He said the frequent, degrading searches had breached his rights.

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Rootenberg also complained about prosecution behaviour over late disclosure of materials.

The judge, however, said his complaints didn’t warrant a stay and he will now be sentenced.

Rootenberg was convicted last May for fraud against Victoria Smith worth almost $600,000.

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