Special Prosecutor To Investigate Sexual Assault Charges Against Strimbold

A special prosecutor has been appointed to handle the case involving 24 sex-related charges against former Burns Lake mayor Luke Strimbold.

The BC Prosecution Service says Vancouver lawyer Leonard Doust has been named to avoid any real or perceived improper influence in the administration of justice due to the identity of the accused as a former elected municipal official with significant connections to the BC Liberal Party.

Doust will conduct an independent assessment of the charges -- based on a report that has been submitted to the Crown by investigators.

Court documents show Strimbold was charged on February 3rd with 24 offences, including sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual touching of a person under the age of 16 and invitation to sexual touching -- although news about the case didn't emerge until last week.

The charges are related to four complainants, including three people under the age of 16, involving offences that allegedly took place between October 2015 and November 2017.

RCMP have said they are investigating the possibility there are more complainants.

None of the allegations against Strimbold have been tested in court.

[The Canadian Press]