No jail time for Tlicho ex-chief in sex assault

CBC News

Former Tlicho grand chief Joe Rabesca will not be going to jail for sexually assaulting a woman in Behchoko, N.W.T., last fall, after a judge sentenced him to a year of probation late Thursday.

Territorial court Judge Brian Bruser imposed a number of conditions on Rabesca’s sentence, including orders that Rabesca keep the peace, be of good behaviour, attend counselling sessions, and have no contact with his victim.

Rabesca, 62, was found guilty on Wednesday of groping a woman who had entered his Behchoko home in mid-October to ask him why he was not attending Tlicho assembly meetings.

Joe Rabesca stands outside the cultural centre in Behchoko, N.W.T., where his trial is taking place, during a break in proceedings on Wednesday.Joe Rabesca stands outside the cultural centre in Behchoko, N.W.T., where his trial is taking place, during a break in proceedings on Wednesday. (CBC)

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