UPDATE: Testimony Wraps Up in Kissner Trial

Testimony has wrapped up in the sexual assault trial of former Kingsville Fire Chief Bob Kissner.

The 62-year-old is charged with 17 counts of sex-related offences against eight complainants.

"How in your mind, do you think it is normal to give a 16-year-old a massage?" Asked Assistant Crown Jennifer Holmes.

Kissner replied he didn't see any difficulty in it as it wasn't sexual.

He admits, given the opportunity to do it again, he wouldn't and testified that any sexual activity with the adults was consenual or not sexual in nature which included massages and going in his hot tub.

Kissner told the court when he was arrested on December 10, 2016, he was terrified.

Holmes wrapped up her questioning Thursday morning by asking Kissner if the absense of saying no, is the same as saying yes? Kissner said, 'no it is not.'

Holmes pointed out the sexual activity wasn't consenual because the complainants didn't touch Kissner back.

Meanwhile, the defence in the trial is painting Kissner as honest.

His lawyer Ken Marley is taking the twin tracks of building up Kissner's honesty while tearing down the credibility of his accusers.

Marley portrayed Kissner and other firefighters as respected in the community and suggested Kissner's change in his perception of the incidents shows the truthfulness.

He also told the court he didn't believe that Kissner was in a position of authority, calling his role that of a supervisor and says the complainants' fears of Kissner on that count were "irrational."

The defence summation is expected to wrap up Friday with the Crown putting forth the prosecution case.

 

— With files from AM800's Teresinha Medeiros & Peter Langille