Judge finds Dustin Paxton not guilty of assaulting girlfriend

CALGARY — A Calgary judge has found Dustin Paxton not guilty of confining and assaulting a former girlfriend. Justice Robert Hall ruled that the young woman’s evidence was rife with inconsistencies and that she had a history of lying.

CALGARY — A Calgary judge has found Dustin Paxton not guilty of confining and assaulting a former girlfriend.

Justice Robert Hall ruled that the young woman’s evidence was rife with inconsistencies and that she had a history of lying.

Paxton was charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm, assault and forcible confinement.

He told the court that he — quote — “hooked up” with the then-17-year-old a half dozen times, but the teen was never officially his girlfriend and he was never violent toward her.

It was the first of three trials for Paxton, who was arrested last August after warrants were issued by police in both Calgary and Regina.

He is faces trial in September on charges of assaulting and confining a former roommate, who police say was tortured over a period of months before being dumped at a Regina hospital in April 2010.

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