Former B.C. fire chief found not guilty of sexually assaulting volunteers

By Canadian Press
December 18, 2017 - 3:03pm Updated: December 18, 2017 - 4:24pm

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — A former chief of the fire department in Fort St. James, B.C., has been found not guilty by a jury of sexually assaulting two female volunteers.

The jury reached the verdicts Saturday in the case of Robert Harold Bennett after deliberating for 3 1/2 days at the courthouse in Prince George.

It was unable to reach a verdict in the case of a third complainant.

It was Bennett's second trial after he was found guilty previously by a judge on all three counts.

A new trial was ordered by the B.C. Appeal Court after it said the lower court judge displayed an apprehension of bias.

(Prince George Citizen)

Prince George Citizen, The Canadian Press

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Robert Harold Bennett was found not guilty on all three counts.

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