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Saturday, December 2, 2023

Hankey accuser files case against universities, Anglican Church, estate

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Key takeaways: 

  • Glenn Johnson says Wayne Hankey physically attacked him when he was 14.
  • Glenn Johnson to charge the estate of Wayne Hankey and the University of King’s College, Dalhousie University, and the Anglican Synod. 

A man who says an ex-university teacher and priest sexually attacked him is charging two Halifax universities, a body of the Anglican Church, and the man’s estate he says attacked him.

Glenn Johnson asserts Wayne John Hankey, a defrocked priest and longtime teacher at the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University, sexually assaulted him in 1977 and 1978, when Johnson was 14.

The civil suit, filed the prior month in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, terms the board of governors at King’s, Dalhousie University, the Anglican Diocesan Synod of Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island and Hankey’s estate.

Hankey, 77, faced three criminal problems for accusations of sexual attack, gross offensiveness, and vicious assault when he died in early February, almost a month before the first trial. He had claimed not guilty to all charges.

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Glenn Johnson says Wayne Hankey physically attacked him when he was 14

Johnson was not among the criminal suers. The previous year, he came to the police, but they did not lay charges in his suit.

Johnson’s attorney, Liam O’Reilly of Wagners Law Firm in Halifax, said. However, the case is being followed as a single claim; the company could pursue it as a course of action if that becomes more helpful.

Hankey ‘stupefied the suer with liquor’

The case claims Johnson met Hankey in 1977 or 1978 through another Anglican minister named Wayne Lynch, who was later sentenced to sexually harming Johnson. Johnson was interested in seeking higher education and felt a calling to become a minister.

Hankey, who was introduced to Johnson as a minister, professor, coordinator, and director of the foundation year schedule at King’s and a particular professor at Dalhousie, “lured” him to visit the university campuses and used his place of authority and trust to persuade Johnson’s parents to let him go with him and Lynch.

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