Former CTV meteorologist to undergo further tests to determine criminal liability – .

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Former CTV meteorologist to undergo further tests to determine criminal liability – .


Whether former CTV Ottawa meteorologist JJ Clarke can be held criminally responsible for multiple harassment charges is once again in the hands of a doctor at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Center.
Clarke, 66, real name Ron Rowat, faces seven counts involving three plaintiffs. The allegations against him, which have not been proven in court, include that he harassed, threatened and harassed a woman from the Ottawa Valley.

Rowat was found fit to stand trial in October, but his lawyers are now asking for him to be reassessed to determine whether he can be held criminally responsible for his actions. The same doctor who performed the initial tests will process the new claim, according to lawyer Lawrence Greenspon.

“It was clear to me, at least that the allegations that were being made against Mr. Rowat were completely out of character for him,” said Greenspon.

Clarke’s defense attorney Lawrence Greenspon said the allegations against him were completely irrelevant. (Alistair Steele/CBC)

“Ron is someone who has been a community leader for about four decades. I had the pleasure and privilege of working with him in many community events and the allegations that were made, quite simply, were completely out of character for him. “

Greenspon said if the new assessment concludes Rowat should not be held criminally responsible, the case likely will not go to trial, but instead be resolved in another way.

He expects test results to be available in the coming weeks.

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