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Man acquitted by Robin Camp after 'keep your knees together' comment re-arrested

The man acquitted of sexual assault by controversial former Alberta Judge Robin Camp has been ​re-arrested and appeared in a Calgary courtroom on Tuesday.

Alexander Scott Wagar will appear in court again on May 10

Federal Court Justice Robin Camp (Andrew Balfour/Federal Court)

The man acquitted of sexual assault by controversial former Alberta Judge Robin Camp has been ​re-arrested and appeared in a Calgary courtroom on Tuesday.

After controversial questions put to the complainant that implied she could have stopped her alleged attacker, Alexander Scott Wagar was acquitted in 2014.

But last year the Alberta Court of Appeal ordered a new trial and warrants for Wagar's arrest were issued. 

Wagar is accused of raping the then 19-year-old woman over a bathroom sink at a house party. 

When he questioned the complainant, Camp — then a provincial court judge — he asked why she hadn't been able to stop the assault.

"Why couldn't you just keep your knees together?" he said at one point. 

On Tuesday, Wagar made his first appearance since being re-arrested and will remain in custody at least until his next appearance on May 10.

He does not yet have a lawyer.

The Canadian Judicial Council is reviewing Camp's conduct, which included calling the alleged victim "the accused" several times throughout the trial.

By the time the Court of Appeal overturned the acquittal, then-Justice Minister Peter MacKay had promoted Camp to the Federal Court.

Camp has since apologized and is attending gender-sensitivity counselling. The Federal Court has said Camp is not currently hearing any cases.

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