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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Owen Sound Lawyer Faces Licence Suspension Hearing

Owen Sound | by Matt Hermiz  

Affidavit says Gavin McNeill Grant impregnated 17-year-old, took methamphetamines in court

An Owen Sound lawyer who impregnated a minor and has an apparent drug-use problem may lose his licence to practise law.

The Law Society Tribunal will hold hearings today and tomorrow on a motion to suspend or restrict the licence of Gavin McNeill Grant, 49, based on the grounds he poses a significant risk of harm to the public and/or public interest in the administration of justice.

An affidavit filed by LSO investigator Adrian Greenaway says Owen Sound Police Acting Detective Sergeant Daniels complained to the Law Society about Grant, after he was assigned to investigate allegations the lawyer was in an exploitative sexual relationship with a 17-year-old Crown ward in 2016.

Grant had acted as Duty Counsel for the girl prior to becoming sexually involved with her.

According to Greenaway's statement, the 17-year-old gave birth to Grant's child in March 2017.

Grant was confirmed as the father by a DNA test.

The affidavit also explains Grant provided the girl and her friend with alcohol and drugs on an ongoing basis.

It goes on to describe Grant's history with substance abuse, having first been hospitalized in January 2006 for cocaine addiction.

Greenaway's statement explains Grant went seven years without having anything to drink or taking any drugs, but then relapsed in 2016.

The LSO's statement of case facts says Grant has failed to attend court several times due to his addictions.

It says he used methamphetamines in the courthouse about two months ago and offered some to a client of the Children's Aid Society before they entered court.

Legal Aid Ontario says Grant was suspended from doing any further legal aid work as of September 27, and his clients are getting new legal aid certificates to hire new lawyers.

 


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