More sex charges laid against retired University of King's College professor

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Halifax police say they are laying more sex-assault charges against a retired university professor in connection with alleged incidents in the 1970s and 1980s.

Wayne John Hankey was charged in February with one count of sexual assault in relation to a 1988 incident in student housing on the University of King's College campus in Halifax.

Police today added another sexual assault charge against the 76-year-old Halifax resident, in connection with an alleged assault involving another man in 1982.

They also added charges of indecent assault in relation to incidents involving a third man that are alleged to have occurred between 1977 and 1979.

Investigators say the incidents occurred on the University of King’s College campus and at a residence in Halifax. The accused was an employee at the university at the time of the incidents, and police say they received reports on the alleged assaults earlier this year.

Hankey, who retired in 2015, is scheduled to appear in Halifax provincial court at a later date to face the charges.

University president William Lahey has said King's has commissioned an independent review to determine the facts and an appropriate response.

According to a news release from the university, Hankey was disciplined by King's in 1991 following an internal inquiry by a university committee.

He returned to the university after a one-year suspension. The university says on its website that the report by the disciplinary committee can no longer be located.

Meanwhile, Dalhousie University has said Hankey had agreed to step back from the one course he was teaching there and says it won't comment further because the matter is before the courts.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 13, 2021.

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