Wayne Hankey, former Halifax professor accused of historical sex abuse, dies at 77

A former Halifax professor accused of a couple of historical sexual offences has died, a month ahead of his first trial used to be set to begin.

Wayne John Hankey, SEVENTY SEVEN, used to be charged with sexual attack, gross indecency and indecent assault related to 3 male complainants for incidents between 1977 and 1988.

Hankey, a longtime professor at the College of King’s College and a former Anglican minister, had pleaded no longer in charge to all of the fees.

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In a press release on Sunday, King’s president Invoice Lahey said the school had been made conscious about Hankey’s demise and prolonged condolences to his family.

“With this news has come a few inquiry regarding the impartial evaluate process that was based by way of the university in February 2021. This overview, which has always been cut loose any prison justice matters, will proceed,” Lahey mentioned.

“King’s continues to be dedicated to finding out from the findings of this procedure.”

CBC showed via a couple of sources that Hankey died on Saturday.

Trials were set to be held in coming months

the 3 trials have been prepared to happen this 12 months.

The trial concerning the first complainant used to be scheduled for March THREE. In that case, Hankey is accused of sexually assaulting a pupil in his dorm room at King’s in 1988.

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The complainant, who was 23 at the time, alleges that Hankey entered his room, straddled him on the bed and grabbed his buttocks and genitals.

The trial concerning the second complainant was set for June 6-10, the place he was once facing fees of indecent assault and gross indecency.

In that case, the complainant, who was once 18 on the time, alleges Hankey invited him to head swimming at the campus pool in 1977 and touched his genitals in the bathe later on. Other encounters involving sexualized touch among Hankey and the complainant followed over the next couple of years.

Hankey used to be an Anglican priest, but was once deprived of that workplace via the Church in 1991 after an allegation of sexual abuse by a former scholar. (CBC)

The 3rd case used to be set for 2 part-day trials on Would Possibly 24 and June 23, where Hankey was once also charged with indecent assault and gross indecency.

The complainant, who used to be 18 on the time, alleges he went to Hankey’s place of job at the School of King’s Faculty campus for a tutoring session with the professor sooner or later in September of 1982. He says Hankey moved his chair towards the complainant and positioned his hand at the complainant’s leg underneath his shorts.

The identities of the complainants are underneath a newsletter ban.

Teaching persisted after earlier allegations

Hankey taught classics and philosophy at both the University of King’s Faculty and Dalhousie University for years. He retired from King’s in 2015, but endured educating at Dalhousie up until the first sexual attack price was announced closing February. 

However Hankey, who was additionally as soon as an Anglican priest, faced this sort of allegation decades ago.

In overdue 1990, a former King’s student and family friend of Hankey’s informed the Anglican Church he were sexually abused by way of Hankey for two years in his past due teens, from 1977 to 1979, including whilst he was once a student at King’s.

The church convened an ecclesiastical court docket consultation to take care of the problem, and whilst the main points of the case have been never released, Hankey was once discovered responsible.

Hankey was once deprived of his spiritual workplace, meaning he wouldn’t be authorised to carry out any duties in any Anglican church for no less than two years and until the bishop determined Hankey might be reinstated. That never took place.

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