National Post

Tuesday, October 3, 2000

"Elderly man who said he was sexually assaulted by maid awarded damages"

Susan Hiller
National Post

An 85-year-old Toronto resident who said he was sexually assaulted by his housekeeper has been awarded $6,500 in damages. Maurice Conway, who is partially disabled, told the court he was too weak to resist his housekeeper's sexual advances while he was recovering from a stroke 12 years ago. As a result of the alleged assault, the young housekeeper became pregnant.

She gave birth to a daughter in April, 1988, The Family Court made an order in 1995 requiring Mr. Conway to pay child support, which he made intermittently and his Old Age Pension and other benefits were garnished. He was denied access to the child by the court on the grounds it was not in the best interest of the child.

In his ruling yesterday, Judge Douglas Coo described the case as "profoundly unusual". The assault was "an insult to his physical and emotional integrity", he wrote.

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