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Credit union CEO charged with sex assaults put on leave

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BRANDON — Westoba Credit Union has announced its CEO, who faces allegations of sexual assault, has been placed on a personal leave of absence.

Wayne George McLeod has been replaced by an acting CEO, Randy Brown.

Westoba Credit Union board of directors chairman Larry Wark said the decision was made after the board weighed all options and consulted legal counsel. The board decided the change would be in the best interests of credit union members, employees and Mc-Leod himself, Wark said.

Wark said McLeod told the board about the charges against him some time ago, before the case was publicized.

Brown has been a Westoba employee for 27 years, previously serving as branch manager in Glenboro, Carberry and Brandon and becoming vice-president of business development in 2005.

McLeod remains CEO but isn’t performing his CEO duties while on leave, Wark said. As such, he remains an employee of the credit union and is being paid.

McLeod, 64, is charged with four counts of sexual assault, one count of sexual interference and three counts of sexual exploitation.

The complainant in the case is McLeod’s former stepdaughter, Jessica Luhowy.

She alleges he sexually assaulted and sexually touched her on multiple occasions 14 to 18 years ago. She is now an adult.

Details of the case haven’t been presented in court and the allegations haven’t been proven.

Last week, in a rare move, Luhowy waived her right to have her identity protected by a publication ban.


— Brandon Sun

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