Pitt Meadows Coun. David Murray.

Pitt Meadows councillor charged with sex assault

David Murray intends to stay on council.

Pitt Meadows Coun. David Murray has been charged with sex offences.

Murray has been charged with one count of sexual assault and one of sexual interference with a person under 14 years of age.

He was charged on Nov. 16, and was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, Dec. 15.

The charges relate to an incident or incidents alleged to have happened during 1992 in Port Coquitlam, according to Dan McLaughlin, communications counsel for the Criminal Justice Branch.

There is a publication ban on the names of complainants and witnesses.

Murray said he has no intention of stepping down from his position on council while the matter is before the courts.

Murray has lived in Pitt Meadows since 1987, and works for the City of Port Coquitlam parks department. He was a high school basketball coach for more than 30 years, according to his biography on the the City of Pitt Meadows website, as well as served on minor sports executives for soccer and baseball.

He was first elected to Pitt Meadows council in 2011. That same year he was a federal NDP candidate in Abbotsford.

Pitt Meadows Mayor John Becker, who is a lawyer, is aware of the charges against Murray. He will not suggest Murray step down from council.

Becker said Murray should benefit from the presumption of innocence.

“I have no personal intention of doing anything with that information,” Becker said of the charges against Murray.

According to court documents, Crown is proceeding by indictment, meaning both charges carry a maximum punishment of imprisonment for 14 years.

Since the penalty can exceed five years, Murray has a right to elect trial by jury.

 

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