Benoit-Lessard challenges the accusations on a minor

Philippe Benoît-Lessard of Sherbrooke challenges the charges brought against him. On Monday, he was examined by Judge Paul Dunnigan of the Court of Québec for a preliminary inquiry at the Sherbrooke Courthouse.

Her lawyer, Mrs. Stéphanie Côté, challenges the charges of home invasion and sexual touching on a minor carried against her client for acts allegedly committed on the night of November 5 to 6, 2016, east of Sherbrooke.

A publication ban issued by the court precludes the disclosure of the facts of the case.

Three civilian witnesses and police officers are scheduled to be called as part of this stage of the proceedings, which will continue on 12 July.

Philippe Benoit-Lessard had been declared fit to face the judicial process and then released under severe conditions.

He must stay with his mother and respect a curfew.

Philippe Benoit-Lessard undertook not to come in contact with the alleged victim nor to be in a perimeter close to the alleged victim. It can not be found in parks, schools or any other place where persons under the age of 16 may be found.

The charge of sexual contact on a minor is punishable with a minimum sentence of one year in prison.

Philippe Benoît-Lessard is not in his first presence before the court and even in detention.

In September 2013 he was sentenced to twelve months in prison for aggravated assault of a child and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

She was ordered to serve a two-year probation as a result of the conviction.

It is Mr. Joanny Saint-Pierre who represents the Crown in this case.

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