Two Yukon Mounties acquitted of sexually assaulting woman

WHITEHORSE — Two RCMP officers have been acquitted of sexual assaulting a woman in the Yukon town of Watson Lake.

WHITEHORSE — Two RCMP officers have been acquitted of sexual assaulting a woman in the Yukon town of Watson Lake.

Constables Graham Belak and Shawn Mclaughlin were accused of raping the woman after a house party last March.

In clearing the officers in Yukon Supreme Court in Whitehorse, Justice Leigh Gower questioned the woman’s credibility, saying her testimony was inconsistent and unreliable.

Gower said the officers’ stories were believable and there was DNA evidence to back that up.

The officers testified the woman was sexually aggressive, was not too drunk to know what she was doing and the three-way sex they had was consensual.

After the verdict, Belak hugged his tearful mom and shook Mclaughlin’s hand, but both men left the courthouse without speaking to reporters.

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