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BTO co-founder accused of abusing foster child

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CHILLIWACK, B.C. -- A co-founder of iconic Winnipeg rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive had a sexual relationship with a girl between the age of 11 and 14, a B.C. judge was told this week.

"I felt the relationship was very sick," Stacy Bohun, 24, recalled during court testimony in B.C. Supreme Court, where Tim Bachman is on trial for sex assault, sexual interference of a person under 14 and sexual touching of a young person.

"He would get me to sit on his lap and kiss him," she added. "One time he tried to French kiss me... It was just a lot of weird, inappropriate things."

A ban on publication was imposed in 2010 on naming Bachman to shield the identity of the complainant. But the bans on both Bachman and Bohun were lifted Wednesday by Justice Neill Brown after an application by a reporter with The Canadian Press.

The request was for the ban to be lifted on Bachman's name, but Bohun told the judge she didn't mind being publicly identified.

The judge said usually the identities of sex assault complainants are shielded to protect their privacy, but he lifted the ban on Bohun's name at her request.

"I'm not afraid," Bohun, now 24, said in an interview outside court after the judge's ruling. "I want people to know it's OK to talk about it."

She said children cannot provide consent to having a sexual relationship with an adult.

"It took me a long time to realize that," Bohun said.

At the time of the alleged sexual abuse, from 2000 to 2004, Bohun was a foster child living in Bachman's home in the Fraser Valley.

She recalled having a troubled childhood. When she was a year old, her three-year-old sister, Casey Bohun, vanished without a trace from the family home in Delta, B.C., in August 1989. Her mother, Barbara Bohun, took her own life in 2001 while Stacy was in foster care at the Bachman home.

"I miss her every day," Bohun said of her mother outside court as tears welled in her eyes.

"I can't imagine losing my own baby," she added, noting she now has a baby, born last July, and can't imagine what her mother went through.

Before the ban was lifted, Bohun told the court her foster father, Bachman, would grope her breasts.

As an 11-year-old, her breasts were small and she told the court Bachman gave her breast-enhancement pills.

He would also caress her buttocks and vaginal area with his fingers but they never had sexual intercourse, she said, although she almost had sex with Bachman one day.

Bachman was giving Bohun a ride in his van and they stopped to discuss sex and her losing her virginity, she told the judge.

"I said if I was going to lose my virginity, it should be him," she testified. "That's how sick and twisted the relationship was."

Bachman responded at the time by saying "If we're going to do this, we should do it now," she told the court.

But she backed out, Bohun testified, estimating she was 13 or 14 at the time of their conversation.

She finally ended their four-year sexual relationship in 2004 when she was 14 when she ran away from the Bachman home, she said.

Bohun went to police in 2009 and revealed her underage sexual relationship with Bachman, she said. He was charged in 2010.

Bachman, 59, was a founding member of Winnipeg-based BTO along with his brother, Randy, who had been a founding member of the Guess Who before he left the band in 1970.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 11, 2013 A10

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