A mayor in BC has recently been exposed in a sexual assault scandal. According to a press release from the BC Prosecution Service, a local BC mayor near Vancouver is being charged with sexual assault. The incident allegedly took place several years ago. The news surrounding the sexual assault is relatively new and because of this, only a few details about the assault has been released. Here’s what we know so far.
A mayor in Port Moody, British Columbia is being charged with sexual assault. The mayor, Robert Vagramov, was charged with sexual assault on March 28, 2019. According to CBC, this charge is in relation to an attack that took place in 2015. The sexual assault allegedly happened in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
A press release from the BC Prosecution Service has stated that Michael Klein was appointed as special prosecutor in the investigation back in December of 2018. According to The Chilliwack Progress, this announcement of the sexual assault charges was postponed after “taking into account the specific circumstances of the case.” This includes completing the investigation and recent approval of charges.
Vagramov first joined city council in 2014. Last October, he was elected mayor of Port Moody and has since been known as one of the youngest leaders to ever serve the city.
According to the City of Port Moody website, during his time on council Vagramov brought to light many important initiatives including having the city phase out single-use plastic. In October of 2018, Vagramov was elected mayor and he has now served six months.
This is not the first time a mayor from BC has been charged with sexual assault allegations. Luke Strimbold, one of the youngest mayors in BC, was charged with 24 offences including sexual assault and sexual interference. Strimbold was elected mayor in 2011 in Burns Lake. On February 3, 2018, he was arrested and released on a $2,500 bail and 11 conditions following the sexual assault allegations.
Vagramov is now one of the latest mayors in BC to be caught up in a sexual assault allegation. Vagramov is set to appear in court on April 25, 2019.