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Furlong says RCMP letter exonerates him in abuse case

John Furlong poses in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
December 12, 2013 - 9:17 AM

VANCOUVER - Former Vancouver Olympic CEO John Furlong says the RCMP have completed an investigation into allegations of sexual assault levelled against him by a former student and found no evidence to support criminal charges.

Furlong has faced allegations stemming from his time teaching in northern B.C. in the late 1960s and early 1970s, which first surfaced in a newspaper article last year and then escalated into a series of lawsuits.

The allegations of one former student, Beverly Abraham, become the subject of an RCMP investigation and she has filed a lawsuit against Furlong.

Furlong has released a letter he received from an RCMP investigator last week, which says the force's investigation did not support Abraham's allegations and that the case is now closed.

He has issued a statement that says the RCMP letter exonerates him, and because of that, he is requesting a trial date in Abraham's lawsuit.

Two other students have also filed lawsuits, though the Abraham case is the only one that has been confirmed to have been the subject of a formal police investigation.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2013
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