Canada: Trial begins for lawyer accused of sexually assaulting youth, former client

CBC Canada

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The sexual assault trial for a Newfoundland and Labrador lawyer who went all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada in an attempt to conceal his identity began in St. John’s Monday, with testimony from the complainant in the case.

Robert Regular, 72, is facing four counts of sexual assault and one of sexual interference, involving the same complainant. She was 12 at the time of the first alleged assault two decades ago. There is a publication ban on her identity.

The woman, who is now in her mid-30s, said she first met Regular while she was in junior high and in the care of what was then called Child, Youth and Family Services.

She testified in front of the judge-alone trial that her mother had picked her up from school to meet her lawyer, who she was told was working to get her back into her mother’s care. She estimated she was between the ages of 12 and 14.

While parked outside his law office, her mother left the vehicle and allowed Regular to get in the driver’s side.

“He was just rubbing my stomach and legs,” the woman testified, pausing to grab a box of tissues.

“He was just leaning over, like I could feel his breath coming at me.”

She said her mother came back to the car several minutes later and the mother and daughter drove away.

“I didn’t say anything. I was really upset,” she told the court.

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