Ex-fire chief acquitted of sexual charges

Patrick Cayen, fired when charges were filed, has no plans to take action against former employer

Patrick Cayen, a former fire chief for the City of Sarnia, has been acquitted of 24 sexual charges after Superior Court Justice Russell Raikes said he was not satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that the alleged offenses had taken place.

Thursday’s ruling had Cayen saying he was “overwhelmed.”

His lawyer, Phillip Millar, said there are no plans to take action against the City, which had fired Cayen in early January 2013 after he was charged in November 2012.

The City had cited the charges as having “compromised his ability to carry out his duties” as a reason for the dismissal. There were curfew and travel restrictions as part of his bail on the charges.

Cayen, now 59, has said he will not return to his former profession. He had declared bankruptcy after losing his job.

An original trial had resulted in a conviction on 19 counts but that conviction was quashed due to an error in law involving the mixing of adult and youth indictments and allowing similar fact evidence to be applied to both cases.

The Crown withdrew the youth charges and pursued this latest trial.

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