Woman claims religious lessons used by step-dad to commit sexual assaults

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Failing to memorize the religious teachings of her stepfather resulted in the sexual assault of a pre-teen Calgary girl, court was told Monday.

But provincial court Judge Lloyd Robertson noted even if he finds the now-adult complainant’s testimony to be true, he can’t find the 55-year-old dad guilty of the alleged conduct since it was committed in South America.

Crown prosecutor Mac Vomberg led the evidence in the woman’s testimony to support allegations she and three half-sisters were sexually abused by the accused.

Lawyer Mike Gilchrist is opposed to the admissibility of the evidence alleging the complainant was sexually touched while the family was living in Argentina.

The man faces 10 sex-related charges.

The woman told court that when she was a pre-teen the family moved to Argentina before returning to Calgary.

She said during that period she and her older sister were taught to memorize parts of the Heidelberg Catechism by the accused during their weekly religious studies.

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