Impartial MNA Harold LeBel plans to plead not responsible to sexual assault fees, his lawyer stated Monday morning.
LeBel, who represents the Rimouski using, made his first court docket look Monday morning since being charged in mid-December. The alleged sufferer is an elected official whose id is protected by a publication ban.
LeBel was arrested Dec. 15 by provincial police in reference to occasions alleged to have occurred in 2017.
He launched a press release Dec. 17 by which he denied wrongdoing, including that he needed to proceed his work for the individuals of Rimouski, about 300 kilometres northeast of Quebec Metropolis.
LeBel was kicked out of the Parti Québécois caucus and is now sitting as an Impartial. He had been the social gathering’s critic on a number of points, together with employment, social solidarity and the struggle in opposition to poverty.
Maxime Roy, LeBel’s lawyer, confirmed his consumer will plead not responsible. Roy additionally stated that his consumer is trying to have a few of situations associated to his launch relaxed.
The case is scheduled again in court docket Feb. 16.
Prosecutor Manon Gaudreault stated at the moment the proof in opposition to LeBel consists, amongst different issues, of three audio-video recordings that might be transcribed.