A former janitor acquitted of child luring

Un ancien concierge acquitté de leurre d'enfant

SHERBROOKE – A former janitor in an elementary school, Maxime Chénard, was acquitted Tuesday of a charge of luring it to the palais de justice de Sherbrooke.

Concierge at the primary school of the Sacred Heart of Sherbrooke, the 35 year old man had been arrested last November. The investigators suspected him of having communicated with a girl under the age of 16 years for the purpose of facilitating an offence of a sexual nature towards her.

In its decision to declare Maxime Chénard not guilty, the judge Danielle Côté of the Court of Quebec has said to believe the accused, who defended himself by saying that he had no bad intent in talking with the young girl on the social networks.

Although she found his conduct to be inappropriate, there is nothing in the evidence of the prosecution was no evidence of intent unhealthy, or to facilitate the commission of an offence of a sexual nature in the place of the girl.

Employee of the former Commission scolaire de la Région-de-Sherbrooke (CSRS) for the past nine years, Maxime Chénard had been suspended without pay after his arrest.

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