New trial ordered for Salmon Arm optician convicted of sexually assaulting 14-year-old boy

Kenneth Pilkington was ininitally found guilty of the offense

Kelowna Law Courts file photo

Kelowna Law Courts file photo

A new trial has been ordered for a former Salmon Arm optician convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage boy three decades ago.

Kenneth Pilkington was originally sentenced to 24 months of probation in 2017, but a panel of three B.C. Appeals Court judges ordered a new trial Oct. 21 in an oral judgment.

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Pilkington — who was 74 at the time of sentencing— is accused of committing the crime when he was in his early 40s. The Crown alledges he met a 14-year-old boy at his optical shop, invited him into a back room and molested him.

The Appeals Court said it will be 10 days before details of the decision will be released publicly, including why a new trial was ordered.


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