New sex trial ordered for former prison guard

A judge has ordered a new trial for a former Calgary Remand Centre guard who was convicted of sexually assaulting a female co-worker.

CALGARY — A judge has ordered a new trial for a former Calgary Remand Centre guard who was convicted of sexually assaulting a female co-worker.

Ken James Hanson and another male guard were convicted after the co-worker accused them of assaulting her in a men’s locker room at the centre. The woman testified that the men picked her up, held her down on a bench and removed her pants.

Both Hanson and the co-accused argued that the incident was “horseplay” and that the alleged victim was a willing participant. In a written decision, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Beth Hughes questioned the credibility of the woman’s testimony and ordered the new trial.

The co-accused was previously successful in applying for a mistrial and the charge against him was stayed by the Crown.