Jonathan Impey maintains innocence despite guilty verdict for sex assault

Jonathan Impey maintained his innocence Friday even after a jury found him guilty of sexual assault.

The jury spent three days deliberating following the three-week trial after Impey, 27, and his then-21-year-old victim testified with conflicting stories.

Impey told the jury he believed the sex was consensual after they met on the night of July 6, 2014. He had pleaded not guilty to a single count of sexual assault.

The young woman, whose identity is protected by a court-ordered publication ban, testified she was so ashamed after she was sexually assaulted that she walked in a daze to a corner store, bought a bottle of pain pills and and swallowed half of them.

She had only wanted a ride home following a late-night drunken argument with her boyfriend when a text unexpectedly arrived from Impey at 1 a.m., the woman testified.

She thought it was an old high school friend also named John and agreed to take a cab to Impey’s home on Beaverbrook Lane in Kanata. He offered to pay for that taxi ride and to drive her home in the morning, according to text messages entered into evidence.

It was only once she arrived in the cab and heard Impey speaking to the driver that she realized it was not the John she expected, but rather a casual acquaintance she hadn’t seen in months.

Impey shared the home with his then-infant child and his former partner, who were home, but heard nothing during the assault, according to earlier testimony.

Impey led the young woman inside to the kitchen, then to the living room, which she testified was scattered with laundry and “baby stuff.”

“He made a comment that we should have sex and I said no,” she testified.

She was feeling intoxicated and tired when Impey “ushered” her onto a couch, where she fell asleep, still fully clothed under a blanket provided by Impey.

“I woke up and Jonathan Impey was on top of me. He was having sex with me,” she testified. She said she had in no way consented and she believed he was not wearing a condom.

The woman was soft-spoken, but firm during questioning from Crown attorney Julian Daller and maintained her composure under exacting cross-examination from defence lawyer Meaghan Thomas.

“My client maintains his innocence in relation to this allegation and is devastated by the jury’s verdict, particularly given the many issues with the Crown’s case,” Thomas said in a statement following the verdict.

Thomas had argued Impey was the one the jury should believe, pointing to what she described as “inconsistencies” in the victim’s account of the events that night.

Impey will return for a sentencing hearing in February.

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