Former Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA Don MacIntyre

Case of former MLA charged with sexual assault in court

Former Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA Don MacIntyre’s case to return to court on March 22

Former Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA Don MacIntyre’s case involving allegations of sexual assault and sexual interference was adjourned for five weeks.

MacIntyre, 62, was not in Red Deer provincial court Thursday morning when his case was called.

Red Deer lawyer Maurice Collard, acting as agent for MacIntyre’s Calgary lawyer, Ian McKay, requested an adjournment until March 22. The judge was told McKay is still awaiting disclosure, the facts Crown prosecutors used to support charges.

MacIntyre, a Sylvan Lake resident, unexpectedly resigned from the United Conservative Party caucus Feb. 2. He posted a message on social media saying he was leaving politics to focus on his family.

UCP Leader Jason Kenney said MacIntyre phoned the party’s house leader at noon Feb. 2 to say he was resigning from the Legislature after RCMP laid charges against him.

Sexual interference is defined in the Criminal Code as a charge related to a person who, for a sexual purpose, touches, directly or indirectly, with a part of the body or with an object, any part of the body of a person under the age of 16.

MacIntyre is not in custody. He was released on a number of conditions including he have no contact with anyone under 16 without a guardian present. He must also stay at least 100 metres away from a playground, public swimming pool, daycare or school yard. MacIntyre was in his first term as MLA. He was elected in 2015 as a member of the Wildrose Party and joined the UCP following the merger with the Progressive Conservative Party.



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