Special prosecutor tapped

A special prosecutor has been appointed to manage the sex crimes case involving former Burns Lake mayor Luke Strimbold.

Strimbold, 28, is facing 28 counts of sexual assault and related offences relating to allegations that occured in 2016 — the same year he stepped down as mayor citing a desire to spend more time with family.

He was also an executive with the BC Liberal party until news of the charges broke last week.

Leonard Doust, Q.C., was appointed Tuesday to handle the case on behalf of the B.C. Prosecution Service.

“The appointment of a special prosecutor is intended to avoid any potential for real or perceived improper influence in the administration of justice in light of the nature of the allegations and the identity of the accused as a former elected municipal official with significant connections to the BC Liberal party,” a news release states.

Doust will be responsible for reviewing the current charges, conducting the prosecution and will report to the Assistant Deputy Attorney General.

Strimbold is back in court in Burns Lake on April 6.

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