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Struggling Calgary City Councilor Sean Chu said he had no plans to resign but apologized to a woman he had sex with 24 years ago .
“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean any harm,” Chu told the Western standard in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.
Calgary city officials confirmed Chu won the Ward 4 election race by just 52 votes after allegations surfaced last week about his involvement in August 1997 with a girl who was just 16 years old. at the time.
âIt was nothing more than a political assassination,â Chu said.
Chu, who has represented Ward 4 since 2013, also hit back at some media reports that he said were completely false.
Chu said he met the unidentified girl at a pub near Macleod Tr. And 94 Ave. S and not the downtown Husky House restaurant some media reported.
âBecause it was a licensed facility, I thought the girl was at least 18,â said Chu, who was in uniform with her partner at the time.
“I was single at the time and thought a girl liked me.”
The Western standard Cannot confirm at this time whether there is documentary evidence that the encounter took place at the Husky House or Macleod Tr’s pub.
At one point in their interaction, Chu stroked the girl’s leg, an incident that later earned him a letter of reprimand in his file.
Chu said the girl seemed interested in him, so when he wasn’t on duty he put on civilian clothes and returned to the pub to meet the girl.
The evening continued with Chu and the girl finally heading for her house.
Once there, the couple “started kissing and hugging, but there was no intercourse,” Chu said.
Chu admits there was “some touching under the clothes.”
“Then she said she wanted to go home and I drove her straight there.”
Chu denied media reports that a gun was produced during the evening at his home. He said he registered his service weapon with the police traffic bureau when he left his service.
At one point, Chu said he owned a shotgun, but denied that the gun was ever produced or shown in any way that night.
âIf there had been a gun involved, there would have been charges,â Chu said.
The Western standard saw no document indicating the presence or absence of a firearm on the night in question.
Chu said he did not drink alcohol, but added that he did not know if the girl had been drinking.
After the incident, the girl reported the case to city police, claiming that she had been sexually assaulted. This has led to nine years of investigations, court battles and appeals, with news of the case only leaking last week, days before the civil elections.
There were never any charges of sexual assault or carried weapons, and Chu says the letter of reprimand was the only discipline that emerged from the whole process.
Documents obtained by the Western standard and other media indicate that the woman claimed the whole process was a “cover-up.”
Chu was a police officer in Calgary from 1992 until his election in 2013.
Chu is now at the center of a political storm with friends and supporters abandoning him.
Premier Jason Kenney called the allegations “appalling” but said he didn’t think there was a way for the province to remove a councilor who had not been convicted under the Criminal Code .
He said he would be happy to meet with Mayor-elect Jyoti Gondek to discuss the situation.
Kenney said most of the legal documents were under seal, it was up to Chu to prove his innocence.
Calgary-Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner tweeted her disgust at the incident.
âI have supported Mr. Chu in the past, but I strongly withdraw all support in light of these reports. To believe in women is to preach, “she tweeted.
“In light of the disciplinary action, following inappropriate contact with a minor that was reported by CBC Calgary, MP Rempel Garner officially withdraws her support for Councilor Sean Chu and he is no longer a member of his association constituency. â
Now, Chu has said he is looking at his legal options and a possible libel lawsuit for some of what he called the bogus reporting.
âI have always told the truth. My reputation is important to me and now my family is suffering, âsaid Chu.
Chu said he would not comment on remarks made by Gondek that she was trying to remove him from the board.
âI will continue to tell the truth to the council and I will be a fiscal hawk,â he said.
“The most important thing is that I have spoken the truth and the truth will prevail.”
It appears that any attempt to try to remove Chu would fail as he has not been charged or convicted in criminal proceedings.
Calgary Police released a statement on Monday regarding their 1997 investigation.
âWe want to reassure Calgarians that when this matter came to light in 1997, it was taken seriously by the Service and handled in accordance with the Police Act. This is a complex legal matter with multiple complaints and inquiries as well as appeals to the Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board. One of those decisions was overturned by the Alberta Court of Appeal. Ultimately, an allegation of misconduct was supported by our internal disciplinary process. “
Dave Naylor is the editor of Western Standard