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Chretien's son found innocent

By Associated Press,
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 18, 2003

YELLOWKNIFE, Northwest Territories - A son of Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien was found innocent of three counts of sexual assault.

Michel Charles Chretien, 34, showed no emotion as the verdict was announced late Thursday, court officials said.

Chretien was arrested in July when a 19-year-old woman alleged he assaulted her after a night of heavy drinking. The woman said Chretien also had assaulted her years ago when she was 10 or 11.

A publication ban imposed by the court bans reporting details of the third charge.

The six men and six women on the jury deliberated for five hours.

The Chretiens, who have two other children, adopted Michel from an orphanage of the native Inuvik tribe in the 1970s.

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