Bernard Vermette

Ste. Anne Mayor Bernard Vermette, seen in this Radio-Canada file image, is no longer charged with indecent assault linked to an alleged incident in 1966. (CBC)

A sexual assault charge has been stayed against the mayor of Ste. Anne, Man., who was accused in a case dating back more than 47 years.

Bernard Vermette was charged last year with indecent assault in connection with an alleged incident involving a nine-year-old girl in 1966.

His lawyer, Hymie Weinstein, confirmed to CBC News on Monday that the Crown has stayed the charge against Vermette.

RCMP had said they were contacted in May 2012 by a woman, who is now in her mid-50s, accusing Vermette of assaulting her when she was a child.

Vermette, who is 74 years old, would have been around 27 years old in 1966.

At the time he was charged, Vermette maintained that he's innocent.

According to Weinstein, it was alleged that the assault took place in a certain type of vehicle Vermette didn't own.