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Ruling in physiotherapist's case could occur in October

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A decision in the case of a valley physiotherapist charged with 21 counts of sexual assault could happen next month, Crown counsel says.

Leah Fontaine said Tuesday Judge Keith Bracken will fix a date Sept. 22 for his ruling on suspect Campbell Crichton's Duncan court case that recently spanned five weeks of court time.

"It's safe to say there's 12 or 13 counts the judge could convict on," Fontaine told the News Leader Pictorial. "The judge must decide if there's similar-fact evidence between the counts."

Crichton was initially charged with 23 counts sexually assaulting patients. However, one patient has since died.

Another charge was dropped after evidence was assessed and Crown chose not to proceed "because it no longer met charge standard," she said.

At one point Crichton took the stand on his own defence, Fontaine said.

"(His statement) is a general denial of the allegations."

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

Police said those alleged assaults involved five different female clients between 1996 and June 2009, and involve various forms of inappropriate touching during physiotherapy treatments.

At the time of Crichton's arrest in spring 2011, the RCMP asked any other potential victims to come forward.

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