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Toronto pastor Brent Hawkes accused of sex assault

A prominent Toronto pastor and activist for LGBT rights vehemently denies sexual assault allegations dating nearly four decades.

RCMP Staff-Sgt. Craig Burnett said Monday that Rev. Brent Hawkes has been charged with indecent assault and gross indecency related to allegations of a sexual assault in Nova Scotia during the 1970s.

"I want to be crystal clear: I am innocent of these allegations," Hawkes said in a statement. "The purported events simply did not take place."

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