Sklavounos won't face charges in sex assault case

Gerry Sklavounos, the MNA for Laurier-Dorion who had been accused of sexual assault by a Quebec City woman in incident dating back to 2014, will not face charges, the Crown announced on Thursday morning.

A statement from the Directeur des Poursuites Criminelles et Pénales (DPCP) suggests after examining the Quebec City police department's report, it has determined that Sklavounos committed no crime.

A Quebec City waitress, Alice Paquet, claimed she had met Sklavounos at the restaurant she worked at, and was assaulted on two occasions in a hotel room, located upstairs from the restaurant.

Allégations à l’égard du député de la circonscription de Laurier-Dorion, le DPCP ne porte pas d’accusation https://t.co/ygKYmueeGP

— DPCP (@_DPCP) February 2, 2017

Sklavounos' office issued a statement on Thursday morning, saying he's looking forward to turning the page.

"It is with relief and satisfaction that my family and I have welcomed the decision of the DPCP to not lay charges following allegations made public last October," he wrote. "This matter now closed, I intend to fully resume, as quickly as possible, my activities on behalf of the citizens of Laurier-Dorion who have entrusted me with this fourth term to represent them in the National Assembly."

Sklavounos was kicked out of the Quebec Liberal caucus since the story broke, and has not been back to the National Assembly.

Reaction of Gerry Sklavounos to the decision of the DPCP to not lay charges following the allegations made public in October of 2016

Montreal, February 2, 2017 – Reacting to the decision of the Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales to not lay charges following allegations made public in the media in October of 2016, the Member of the National Assembly for Laurier-Dorion, Gerry Sklavounos, declared the following:

"It is with relief and satisfaction that my family and I have welcomed the decision of the DPCP to not lay charges following allegations made public last October.

From the outset, I have maintained my innocence which is confirmed by today’s decision.

I wish to thank my wife and my children, the other members of my family, the Laurier-Dorion Liberal Association, my loyal riding staff, my faithful electors, my many friends, as well as Maître Frank Pappas for their trust and support during this particularly difficult period.

I would also like to express my gratitude to the Quebec City Police Department and the DPCP for their professional, rigorous and impartial work.

"This matter now closed, I intend to fully resume, as quickly as possible, my activities on behalf of the citizens of Laurier-Dorion who have entrusted me with this fourth term to represent them in the National Assembly."