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Former Saskatoon club owner found not guilty of sex assault at second trial

SASKATOON — A former Saskatoon nightclub owner has been found not guilty of sexual assault after a second trial.

Skipp Anderson was accused of having sex with a man without his consent during a drunken hot tub party at his house in 2016.

In her decision, Queen’s Bench Justice Alison Rothery says the Crown failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the man did not consent to have sex with Anderson.

Anderson did not speak after the verdict, but his lawyer says he is relieved.

He was found guilty by a jury in 2018 and sentenced to 30-months in prison, but the conviction was overturned last March by the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal.

Crown Prosecutor Kathy Grier says she is disappointed but not surprised by the outcome, noting consent cases are often difficult. (CKOM, The Canadian Press)