Lawyer must adhere to peace bond

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Lawyer must adhere to peace bond

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A Greater Sudbury attorney resolved one of two assault charges brought against him earlier this year.

Adam Castonguay, 28, was charged with assault and violent detention in early February for an alleged incident in June 2013.

On Tuesday he took out a one-year common law peace loan before the Ontario Court of Justice in the Sudbury Courthouse.

As a result, Assistant Prosecutor Dana Peterson of Sault Ste. Marie, who was in court on Zoom-Link, withdrew the two charges.

Conditions of the Friedensbund are that Castonguay has no contact with the complainant in the case, stays away from her job, keeps the peace and behaves decently.

Castonguay, who was also in court through Zoom-Link, promised $ 500 with no down payment in connection with the peace bond.

“I accept the terms,” ​​Castonguay told Judge Randall Lalande.

The peace bond had been worked out by Peterson and Castonguay’s lawyer Stephen Proudlove from Toronto, who was also in court via Zoom-Link, and presented to Lalande together.

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“Having examined the complainant’s testimony, it is in the best interests of all parties that this move forward,” said Proudfoot.

Peterson told Lalande that the Crown did not provide facts on the case “in view of parallel proceedings with Mr. Castonguay and the Law Society (of Ontario), therefore Mr. Proudlove and I had to present this with no facts or allegations.”

Proudlove added that while his client would have been willing to go to court if necessary while the peace bond ends the matter.

Castonguay is now being held for a court hearing in the Law Society of Ontario next week that could suspend his license.

The Law Society of Ontario filed an injunction on May 3 to suspend or restrict Adam Tynne Joseph Castonguay’s license “on the basis of reasonable grounds to believe that members of the public are at considerable risk exists to be harmed ”. , or the public interest in the administration of justice if the order is not issued and the order is suitable to reduce the risk. “

The tribunal has scheduled a two-day videoconference hearing on June 14th and 15th, starting at 10 a.m. each day. The hearing is public.

According to the filing notice posted on the Law Society Tribunal website, the Company is “conducting an investigation into whether the defendant has committed professional misconduct in breach of Section 33 of the Law Society Act or behaves inappropriately for a licensee.”

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In late January, Greater Sudbury police accused Castonguay of violent sexual assault, following a complaint filed in December 2020.

In a January 26 press release, police announced that they had received a phone call in mid-December about a violent sexual assault allegedly taking place in Greater Sudbury.

Police said at the time that further details would “not be disclosed due to the sensitivity of the incident and to protect the identity of the woman concerned”.

Criminal Police detectives arrested Castonguay and initially accused him of sexual assault with assault and sexual assault – gagging, suffocation or gagging. He was then released on an engagement.

Police said at the time that based on their investigation, “there are concerns that there may be more survivors,” and urged anyone with information to contact detectives.

Castonguay is listed on the firm’s website as a partner of Conroy Scott LLP in Sudbury, with practice areas such as construction law and lien, corporate and commercial law, civil procedural law, labor law, and environmental and raw materials law.

According to his online bio, Castonguay is a graduate of Laurentian University and the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University. He was admitted to the bar in 2018.

Castonguay is listed as a member of the Advisory Board of the Northern Policy Institute on that organization’s website.

To read the application notice filed by the Law Society, visit www.lawsocietytribunal.ca/document-html/castonguay-21h-06.

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