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Calgary County in trouble. Sean Chu was once again sworn in to represent the region despite allegations of a 24-year-old sex scandal that erupted just before election day.
Chu was sworn in by Court of Queen’s Bench Judge John Rooke. Calgary mayor-elect Jyoti Gondek earlier said she would refuse to swear an oath in Gondek for her actions in 1997 with a 16-year-old girl.
Gondek didn’t even mention Chu’s name during the ceremony.
In a media melee that followed the swearing-in ceremony, Gondek said the council will focus on reviewing the top priorities of each councilor in each ward and which councilor will sit on the various committees, councils and commissions.
When asked why she chose not to take the oath to Councilor Chu, Gondek replied, “I didn’t think it was appropriate for me to take the oath.”
“I focus on working with new and returning board members and allowing them to take advantage of this swearing-in day. We are all incredibly proud of what we have accomplished and look forward to celebrating this day like ours. . So I choose to focus on that today, ”Gondek said when asked if she was planning to respond to his invitation to speak to her in person about the resurfaced allegations.
“The future will dictate. Today I am focusing incredibly on my family and colleagues who have been very successful, ”Gondek said of meeting Chu at a later date.
Gondek became Calgary’s first female mayor in history. Eleven new councilors and two old ones were also sworn in on Monday.
Chu’s allegation involved an incident in which he met the girl at the King’s Head Pub. After making friends, the couple agreed to meet later when Chu was off duty and in civilian clothes.
The couple went to Chu’s house where they admitted to engaging in consensual sexual foreplay. The girl then asked Chu to drive her home, which he did.
The girl then filed a complaint alleging that Chu sexually assaulted her.
According to documents obtained by the Western standard, Chu’s accuser said he sexually assaulted her while she was holding a gun to her head.
However, Insp. Debbie Middleton-Hope, chair of the 2003 disciplinary hearing, said the then 16-year-old’s testimony was not credible and should not be believed.
“I find Const. Chu was forthright in her description of the details and I think her testimony is credible, ”said Middleton-Hope, a well-respected and now retired Calgary police officer, in transcripts provided to the Western standard.
“In cross-examination (the woman) had difficulty remembering the relevant details,” Middleton-Hope said.
“I find her testimony to be unreliable and I was unable to take her testimony into account when deciding a sentence.”
Middleton-Hope also confirmed that there was no evidence that would indicate that Chu knew the woman was underage, stating “several witnesses said [the girl] appeared to be between 19 and 21 years old.
Although allegations of sexual misconduct were thoroughly investigated and dismissed during the investigation, Chu had a letter of reprimand added to his case file for misconduct for stroking the accuser’s leg. while in service and was ordered to undergo a six-month ethics training course.
Gondek and Prime Minister Jason Kenney, along with most of the new council, have called for Chu’s resignation.
Chu offered to meet with Gondek in person to discuss the situation and vowed not to resign.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean any harm,” Chu told the Western standard in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.
“I have always told the truth. My reputation is important to me and now my family is suffering, ”said Chu.
Chu is now examining his legal options and a possible libel suit for what he called “false reporting.”
Melanie Risdon is a reporter at Western Standard