Toronto Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson charged with sexual assault

Michael Thompson

Toronto Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson has been charged with two counts of sexual assault.

In a news release issued on Friday, Ontario Provincial Police said Thompson, 62, has been charged in connection with assaults that allegedly happened at a private residence in Muskoka, Ont. earlier this year.

A complaint was made about Thompson in September, the OPP said.

The Jamaica-born Toronto city councillor who represents Ward 21, Scarborough Centre, is scheduled to appear in court in Bracebridge, Ontario on Nov.1. He is seeking re-election on October 24.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said in a statement on Thursday night that he takes sexual assault allegations and charges against any person “very seriously.”

Tory added that Thompson has agreed to resign from his positions immediately as chair of Toronto’s Economic and Community Development Committee and Deputy Mayor for the east end of the city.

“While the councillor is facing these charges, it would not be appropriate for him to continue serving as a deputy mayor or chair of a standing council committee,” Tory said in the statement.

Thompson has served as a city councillor since 2003.