Claude Leblanc. – Photo: Andréanne Lebel
The trial of Claude Leblanc of Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, accused of sexual assault, started on Monday 30 may, with the selection of the jury, which will consist of 12 people. The waiting room was crowded, so that more than 200 people have been summoned to the palace of justice.
Candidates randomly selected by a drawing were to appear before the judge, Louis Dionne, who ensured that the latter have no connection with the parties. They also had to be impartial, and recognize the importance of the presumption of innocence at a trial.
Claude Leblanc, age 76, faces three counts related to the sexual assault committed against a minor. He pleads not guilty and is being defended by his lawyer, Me Pierre Gagnon. According to the indictment, he was in a position of authority and trust vis-à-vis his victim.
The facts are that occurred between 1 January 1989 and 31 December 1992 to Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac and other places in the district of Kamouraska. A period of two weeks, was reserved for the holding of this trial.