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What matters most on September 10, 2018
Jessica Botelho-Urbanski and Katie May09/10/2018 7:00 PM
Steve Kirby has been many things to the University of Manitoba. He was an acclaimed jazz musician who brought star power to its music program. He was the centre of harassment claims that embarrassed the school in the era of #MeToo. And now the Free Press has learned Kirby has been criminally charged with sexual assault — in a case that has been quietly moving through the courts for several months.
On Monday, Winnipeg police confirmed they received a student's complaint about Kirby in June 2017, at which time the sex crimes unit became involved in a "historic sexual assault investigation," Const. Tammy Skrabek said.
“It was reported that a female student, who was 19-years-old at the time, was enrolled in the music program in the University of Manitoba and was sexually assaulted on a number of occasions. The incidents occurred between September 2014 and January 2017,” Skrabek said by email.
Kirby, 62, was arrested on May 9, 2018, for sexual assault as a result of the ongoing Winnipeg police investigation, Skrabek said. He was released on a promise to appear and his case is scheduled to go to trial next June.
Jessica Botelho-Urbanski and Katie May
09/10/2018 7:00 PM
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