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With focus on Norman case, military-trip sex assault case against ex-NHLer dropped

By Scott Taylor      

Former Maple Leafs player Dave ‘Tiger’ Williams denied the accusations against him.

Former Maple Leafs player Dave ‘Tiger’ Williams, left, suited up for a morale-boosting Canadian military hockey game on Dec. 5, 2017 in Latvia. On the flight to get to there, he was accused of sexual assault, but the case was dropped last week. Canadian Embassy in Latvia photograph by Armins Janiks

OTTAWA—Last week, the surprising announcement that the Crown prosecutor’s office was staying the single charge of breach of trust against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman ignited a massive media storm. This was indeed a major development in a saga that has gripped the entire defence community since Vice-Admiral Norman was first suspended from his duties as Canada’s vice-chief of defence staff nearly two and a half years ago.

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