Drummer in Harper’s Band, Charged
with Sexual Assault involving Minors
Phillip Nolan, a “mild-mannered schoolteacher” who played drums in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s rock band ‘Herringbone,’ has been charged with five counts of sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation of a minor.
Ottawa police launched the investigation into Nolan in November 2013, after receiving a complaint from another teacher, who accused Nolan of sexually assaulting a minor.
Nolan, a music teacher at Avalon Public School, has been charged in connection with assaults dating back to 1998 and 2000. He was removed from the classroom during the investigation, and has since been suspended.
Criminal Defense Lawyer says Nolan is Fighting Charges of Sexual Assault
Harper’s office is shocked by the development. Jason MacDonald, communications director for the Prime Minister, has released a statement regarding the charges:
“Anyone found guilty of these charges should face the full force of the law. Given that this individual is now facing charges, it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time.”
Nolan’s Toronto-based lawyer says that his client maintains his innocence despite the allegations against him. “My client is going to be vigorously defending these charged in open court.”
Nolan was released from custody on a $5000 bond, and under the terms of his release will be prohibited from coming in contact with anyone under 16 years of age without consent from a parent or legal guardian. He must also refrain from attempting to contact any of the alleged victims.
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