PM Harper’s Band Member to Face Sexual Assault Charges

One of the member of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s garage band, Herringbone, has been indicted with multiple charges of sexual assault. 43-year-old Phillip Nolan is now facing five counts of sexual assault, five counts of sexual interference and five counts of sexual exploitation in relation to incidents that occurred between 1998 and 2000. According to Ottawa police, Nolan was working as a teacher at a school with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board at that time, so they are concerned there could be further victims.

In a press release issued by the police, it was explained that the investigation began last November following a complaint of a sexual assault on a minor by an adult male during the exercise of his functions as a teacher for Grade 7 and 8. Quite noticeably, Nolan plays as the drummer in the band Herringbone, in which Mr. Harper play keyboard and handles the vocals. The band’s latest high-profile gig was at the Jewish National Fund annual Negev dinner in Toronto last December, where they played a set that included “Sweet Caroline,” the Who’s “The Seeker,” the Romantics’ “What I Like About You” and the Beatles’ “Hey Jude.”

Responding to the charges, Harper’s spokesperson, Jason MacDonald, alleged that “we are obviously shocked and disturbed by these serious charges. No allegations of this nature have ever been brought to our attention. Anyone found guilty of these charges should face the full force of the law.” MacDonald further added that “given that this individual is now facing charges, it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time.”

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