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Canada Rob Vagramov's sexual assault charge is political, whether he likes it or not

11:05  10 october  2019
11:05  10 october  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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Port Moody Mayor Rob Vagramov , who was 26 when elected last October, is charged with one count of sexual assault in connection to a 2015 incident in “I want to be absolutely clear: This allegation is false," he said. BC’ s Prosecution Service put out a statement Thursday announcing that it appointed

Vagramov was a city councillor at the time. City council held an emergency meeting Thursday afternoon to discuss the allegations. Royer said councillors would have a conversation in a closed meeting, but wouldn’t speculate on whether Vagramov could continue to serve as mayor in the wake

a man wearing a suit and tie looking at the camera: Port Moody, B.C., Mayor Rob Vagramov speaks during a news conference after being charged with sexual assault on March 28, 2019. © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Port Moody, B.C., Mayor Rob Vagramov speaks during a news conference after being charged with sexual assault on March 28, 2019.

At 1 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Port Moody, B.C., Mayor Rob Vagramov said it was unfortunate everything had gotten so political.

"I completely acknowledge ... there are folks in the community who have disagreed with my decision to return," he said, after city council voted in favour of asking him to take a leave of absence while his sexual assault charge remains unresolved.

"But at the council table ... I definitely see this issue being politicized," he said.

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+ Port Moody Mayor Rob Vagramov is taking a leave of absence from council to fight the sexual assault charge filed against him , which he said stems from a false allegation. The mayor said his upcoming legal fight will include filing a defamation suit against the alleged victim.

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In his next breath, Vagramov said he was glad to see council pass motions in favour of his agenda — including one instance where he cast the tie-breaking vote.

"I'm excited to see that these big priorities are moving forward, and we're getting back on track here at city hall," he said.

And therein lies the rub. Vagramov supporters accuse councillors of trying to refight the last election by politicizing the sexual assault charge and asking him to step down.

And the council is split on many subjects, meaning Vagramov could cast a deciding vote on controversial issues for the next three years.

There are no provincial guidelines to help them navigate the rare situation of having a mayor charged with a crime who will not step aside.

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+ Port Moody’ s embattled mayor has had his first court appearance on a sex assault charge moved to May. Rob Vagramov was initially slated to appear on Thursday. Vagramov has denied the accusations and said he plans to file a defamation suit against his accuser.

Vagramov announced the decision in a letter to councillors on Monday, saying the legal process was taking longer than expected. The assault is alleged to have taken place in April 2015 in Coquitlam while Rob Vagramov was still a city councillor.

This has placed Port Moody's city council in a painful position, where politics are almost unavoidable.

Road eliminated, Moody Centre judgment delayed

Vagramov won a narrow victory to become mayor in the last civic election and was charged with sexual assault in March for an alleged incident that occurred in 2015. By then the city's political culture was already divided.  Vagramov voluntarily left city hall for five months after the charges, but recently returned.

That tension has escalated in recent months — in public and social media. Council voted 4-3  on Tuesday evening to ask Vagramov to leave again. The mayor has not said whether he will do so.

After that vote, a motion was presented by Vagramov on one of his biggest election promises: pledging to remove a right-of-way for a potential road through Bert Flinn Park to lands in the north of the city currently owned by developers.

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Port Moody Mayor Rob Vagramov speaks on the sexual assault allegation at a press conference last month at Lahti doesn’t think they should take his pay away completely. “ He has been charged with a pretty serious Vagramov took a leave of absence in March following a charge of sexual assault .

Port Moody Mayor Rob Vagramov , who had been on leave for more than five months following a sexual assault charge , has returned to office. Vagramov resumed his duties on Monday and said he would return to all of his previous responsibilities

With Vagramov away for five months, the issue had been tied up in a 3-3 vote, but he cast the deciding vote to remove the possibility of the road from the city's transportation plan.

Immediately after that, council debated another Vagramov motion to provide feedback to developers on what sort of plan they would like to see submitted for the area surrounding Moody Centre SkyTrain station. The initial motion said the preliminary plan — which not all councillors have seen in full — didn't match "current public sentiment," leading to Coun. Meghan Lahti to begin shouting at Vagramov.

"How the hell do we know what public sentiment is?" said Lahti. "This is hijacking a process that we as a group should have participated in."

In the end, council voted to defer the Moody Centre discussion to another day.

'No clear process'

The reason council is simultaneously asking Vagramov to leave while moving forward on his agenda is mostly due to Coun. Amy Lubik. She voted in favour of asking him to take a leave of absence, but also voted in favour of removing the right-of-way and has generally voted with the mayor.

She has lamented the lack of provincial guidelines to deal with a situation like this.

"There's no clear process on a very emotional issue," she said. "I wish we weren't in this situation in our community. It's an emotional issue, and it's dividing our community, and for oddly complex reasons."

Whatever the reasons Port Moody is in this messy standoff intertwining policy and ethics — and if Vagramov and council can't resolve it — voters may have to wait three years to pass judgment on all involved.

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