The evidence of children is not inherently unreliable, Mr. Justice Corkery said; exactitude and detail may be missing from a child's memory. But he does believe that children have a better and more complete recollection of events after they have occurred than they would have months and years later.
There was also testimony about Vollering's journal entries acknowledging having caused harm to people and endangering his marriage.
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The judge reviewed testimony of witnesses at the trial on what Vollering had said to them.
Asked by court officials to relate the incidents, which were alleged to have happened on a fairly regular and frequent basis, the complainant could only recall one incident that involved tickling and horseplay on a large stuffed animal, and which progressed to rubbing underneath the clothing.
She also quoted him as saying, "I played with her. I may have touched her in a way that could have been construed as sexual assault."
A retired teacher in Cobourg, Port Hope and Grafton schools, as well as a Grand Knight in the local Knights of Columbus, Jack Vollering was acquitted Thursday of charges of sexual assault and sexual interference on a minor under the age of 14.
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Charges against the 67 year old Vollering were laid in 2011, reflecting incidents alleged to have taken place in 2003 to 2005. The charges were laid in 2011.
to determine whether he could be satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt based on all the evidence.
Corkery recalls, Vollering denied ever admitting to sexually assaulting the child. He testified that, while growing up in a family of nine boys, wrestling around was a normal form of parent child play.
One witness testified Vollering had told her that it began with tickling and progressed to sexual assault, and he could not stop himself, adding, "If I could turn back the clock, I would never have touched her."
The judge also characterized much of the complainant's testimony as "vague and speculative."
The complainant did say that all the alleged incidents were essentially the same. Mr. Corkery was struck, however, that later testimony that alleged the touching of genitals did not arise until the preliminary enquiry stage of the proceedings. The complainant could not explain the delay.
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