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Physiotherapist faces 23 sexual-assault charges in Duncan court

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP. - file
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.
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Court proceedings against a local physiotherapist facing 23 sexual-assault charges begin tomorrow  in Duncan and are expected to continue through next week, courthouse staff says.

Those proceedings — set for May 28 to 30, and June 2 to 6 — under Judge Keith Bracken open in a voir dire, basically a trial within a trial where the judge will hear and rule about the admissibility of evidence against Campbell Crichton.

Crichton, now in his 50s, was initially charged in March 2011 with five counts of sexual assault for alleged offences that occurred while practising at Cowichan Physiotherapy.

Police said those alleged assaults involved five different female clients between 1996 and June 2009 and involve various forms of inappropriate touching during physiotherapy treatments.

At the time of Crichton’s arrest in spring 2011, the RCMP asked any other potential victims to come forward.

Court staff confirmed Tuesday Crichton’s charge count has risen to 23.

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