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Judge's reasonable doubt ends unseemly chapter for prominent pastor

Criminal sexual misconduct allegations are often complicated and nuanced, and when the charges are also historic and date back four decades, exceedingly difficult to prove.

That is the bottom line of an unseemly chapter that ended Tuesday for Toronto's famous gay pastor, Rev. Brent Hawkes of the Metropolitan Community Church.

The 66-year-old, much-decorated Hawkes - he was appointed to the Order of Canada and the Order of New Brunswick, his native province, and received as well the Award of Merit from the City of Toronto, his adopted home - was acquitted of indecent assault and gross indecency upon a teenager at the school where he then taught and coached basketball.

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