The attorney, who led an independent review of a sexual assault allegation against retired Halifax professor Wayne Hankey, has sought relevant information from students, alumni, faculties and staff at the University of King’s College.
Janice Rubin of the Rubin Thomlinson law firm in Toronto made the request in a letter posted on the king’s website on Monday.
“I am writing to ask for your help as a member of the royal community,” wrote Rubin.
“If you have any information that is relevant to my mandate and that you would like to share with me, please contact me at [email protected]”
Rubin said the review will be conducted in confidence “to the extent permitted or required by applicable law”.
76-year-old Hankey is accused of sexually assaulting a young man in a dormitory at King’s in March 1988.
Halifax Regional Police announced the charges on February 1, saying the alleged victim reported the incident to them in September 2020. The man’s identity is protected by a publication ban.
A lawyer pleaded not guilty on behalf of Hankey last month. His trial in Halifax Provincial Court is slated for March 3, 2022.
Hankey, a former Anglican priest, retired from King’s in 2015 but taught at neighboring Dalhousie University until he was charged.
He was disciplined by King’s and the Church of England in 1991 after a former college student complained that he was sexually abused while in college. An ecclesiastical court convicted Hankey of immorality and decided to strip him of his office.
The King’s President, Bill Lahey, announced on March 4 that the University of Rubin and one of its colleagues, Elizabeth Bingham, had commissioned a review of allegations of sexual assault against Hankey by third parties.
In the letter released Monday, Rubin said the mandate of the review is to investigate the facts of the recently leaked 1988 incident, review the previous sexual abuse complaint, review other similar disclosures or allegations, and make recommendations, such as King’s should respond.