A well known Toronto pastor is scheduled to appear in a Nova Scotia courtroom Monday as his trial gets underway.
Rev. Brent Hawkes, who officiated at former NDP leader Jack Layton’s funeral in 2011, is accused of sexually assaulting a minor in Nova Scotia, back in the 70s.
The local pastor and New Brunswick native has pleaded not guilty to charges of indecent assault and gross indecency; Hawkes has maintained the alleged incidents never occurred.
Hawkes has been a senior pastor at Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto for nearly 40 years, and has been a proponent of same-sex marriage..