Ex-Mountie Colin Allooloo found not guilty of sexual assault

A 12-member jury found ex-Mountie Colin Allooloo not guilty of sexual assault in a Yellowknife courtroom Thursday afternoon.
Colin Allooloo, left, leaves the Yellowknife courthouse Feb. 23 during his trial on charges of sexual assault and sexual interference. (CBC)

A Yellowknife jury found ex-Mountie Colin Allooloo not guilty of sexual assault Thursday afternoon.

Allooloo, 40, was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference, accused of assaulting a six-year-old girl while he was babysitting her in Inuvik, N.W.T., five years ago

Allooloo sat still as the jury read out the verdict. The family of the girl whom Allooloo was accused of assaulting cried and quickly left the courtroom.

The jury deliberated for about two hours before reaching the verdict. 

The girl, who is now 11, testified Tuesday that while Allooloo was babysitting her, he came into her room, took off her pyjamas and assaulted her.

In court on Wednesday, Allooloo denied sexually assaulting the girl. When asked by his lawyer Jay Bran if he ever sexually touched the young girl in question, Allooloo answered no.

Allooloo was also questioned about his previous criminal record. In 2006, while an RCMP police officer in Fort Simpson, Allooloo pepper-sprayed a 16-year-old boy who was in a cell.

He was convicted of assault with a weapon and was sentenced in 2009 to 30 days house arrest and was prohibited from using a firearm for 10 years. Because of that, he left the RCMP in October 2010.

The incident at the centre of this week's trial is alleged to have happened between September 2010 and June 2011.

In his closing statement, Bran reminded the jury that when the girl testified earlier this week, she couldn't recall many details of the alleged assault. She couldn't remember what month it took place, what grade she was in, or if Allooloo was clothed during the assault.

Bran suggested to the jury that the girl learned of sexual assault on TV and made up her story. He said she has motive to accuse Allooloo because she doesn't like him.

Crown lawyer Wendy Miller told the jury that the girl's testimony was reliable. She said the girl has no reason to lie and has stood by her story, five years after the assault allegedly took place.