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Court appearance pending for physiotherapist facing 23 sexual-assault charges

North Cowichan-Duncan RCMP. - file
North Cowichan-Duncan RCMP.
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A local physiotherapist facing 23 sexual-assault charges appeared in Duncan Supreme Court Monday looking for legal aid, but had his funding application put off until later in the week.

Court staff explained Campbell Crichton's court date this week depended on judge availability from Victoria.

A date for a Supreme Court trial is yet to be determined.

Crichton, in his 50s, was initially charged in March 2011 with five counts of sexual assault for alleged offences that occurred while practicing at Cowichan Physiotherapy.

Police said those alleged assaults involved five different female clients between 1996 and June 2009.

The allegations involve various forms of inappropriate touching during physiotherapy treatments, police have stated.

At the time of Crichton's arrest in spring 2011, the RCMP said they believed there were other victims whom they urged to come forward. Court staff indicated Feb. 15 Crichton's charges had risen to 23.

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