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A local Church of Scientology official who is facing sexual assault charges has launched a $1-million lawsuit against two police officers and a woman.
Allan Buttnor, 35, is claiming the actions taken by police and a relative of his alleged victim are "designed to injure (him) and the Church of Scientology."
The man, who is acting director of the local church's citizen commission on human rights, is charged with two counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference and one count of unlawful confinement.
The charges were laid after the man allegedly dragged a 10-year-old girl into his car and fondled her chest March 7. The other charge relates to an alleged fondling incident with the same girl last November, police say.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 14.
Buttnor's civil suit was filed this week in Court of Queen's Bench.
The three defendants, Reed Leary, Ken Montgomery, and a relative of the alleged victim, have not yet filed a statement of defence.
He is seeking $200,000 in general and aggravated damages, $600,000 in punitive and exemplary damages, and $200,000 in damages for the alleged violation of his Charter rights.
Copyright The Edmonton Journal