Judge’s decision in sex trial of prominent Toronto pastor in Kentville postponed

Published on January 18, 2017

The judge’s decision in the sex trial of Rev. Dr. Brent Leroy Hawkes has been formally postponed to Jan. 31.


KENTVILLE, NS - The judge’s decision in the trial of a prominent Toronto pastor and Order of Canada recipient facing historic sex charges in Kings County has been postponed.


The decision in the Rev. Dr. Brent Leroy Hawkes case was docketed for Kentville provincial court today, Jan. 18, but Judge Alan Tufts held a telephone conference to formally adjourn the matter.

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Tufts and Crown Robert Morrison were present in the courtroom while Hawkes’s defence attorney, Clayton Ruby, joined in by phone.

“We’re just formally adjourning the disposition of this matter until Jan. 31,” Tufts said. “We didn’t have an opportunity to do it earlier, I was anticipating doing that.”

Ruby said he wouldn’t likely be able to travel to Nova Scotia for the Jan. 31 date due to a scheduled medical procedure. He said an associate would attend on his behalf.

Tufts said he anticipates having a written decision to distribute on that day. The matter is scheduled for 2 p.m. Ruby said Hawkes would be in attendance.

“He’ll be there one way or the other,” Ruby said.

Closing arguments in the trial were made Nov. 23. Hawkes, 66, is charged with indecent assault and committing an act of gross indecency involving oral sex in Greenwood between Aug. 1, 1974, and Dec. 31, 1975. The alleged victim was a teenage boy at the time.

Hawkes is charged under the Criminal Code of Canada as it was written between 1970 and 1982. Kings RCMP filed charges against Hawkes in December 2015. A publication ban protects the identity of the alleged victim and witnesses.

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Hawkes, the senior pastor at the Metropolitan Church of Toronto, officiated for the funeral of federal NDP leader Jack Layton in 2011.

Hawkes received the Order of Canada in 2007 for his stand on social justice and human rights with the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) communities.