A man has been acquitted of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter after Toronto criminal lawyer Ryan Handlarski argued her testimony did not meet the test of common sense.

Handlarski’s 50-year-old client, who is not being named because it might identify the complainant, was charged with one count of sexually assaulting her, allegedly in 1998 or 1999, when she was between 15 and 16 years old.

The stepdaughter, now 33, claimed that he sexually assaulted her for several years in their northwest Toronto home starting when she was 10 or 11, Ontario Superior Court Justice Julie Thorburn wrote in her judgment.

She first reported the alleged sex assaults to police in 1998, but said she recanted the next day under pressure from her mother, Thorburn wrote.

The stepdaughter said that after years of therapy she went back to police in 2014 because she knew what her stepfather did to her was wrong.

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