Following three days of pre-trial motions behind closed doorways, the prosecution begins presenting proof Thursday within the sexual assault trial of former Kingsville fireplace chief Bob Kissner.
After the Ontario Provincial Police first arrested and charged Kissner in December 2016, different alleged victims started coming ahead. Kissner now faces 17 prison counts — 11 for sexual assault, 5 for sexual exploitation and one for sexual interference — involving eight alleged male victims as younger as 16.
Pre-trial motions started on Monday earlier than Superior Court docket Justice Pamela Hebner.
Earlier than his arrest, Kissner was thought to be a pillar of the Kingsville group, having additionally been concerned in Epworth United Church since 1990, the place he served as organist and choir director. Years earlier, he had additionally been a trainer at a Christian academy within the Ruthven space.
Earlier than turning into Kingsville fireplace chief, Kissner headed Leamington’s fireplace division. He was suspended in Kingsville following the primary expenses and retired in February 2017.
The trial is scheduled for 3 weeks.