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Man testifies he witnessed prominent Toronto pastor Brent Hawkes perform sex act on friend

A man testifying at the trial of a well-known Toronto pastor says he saw the religious leader perform a sexual act on a teenage male at a Nova Scotia home decades ago.

John Douglas Aylward was on the stand in Kentville provincial court today for the trial of Rev. Brent Hawkes, an influential gay rights advocate who officiated at former NDP leader Jack Layton's state funeral in 2011.

Aylward said he knew Hawkes in the 1970s, when he was a student and Hawkes was a high school basketball coach in the Annapolis Valley.

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