Crown stays sexual assault charges against uAlberta researcher

October 14, 2014

A crown prosecutor has stayed charges against University of Alberta researcher Zhixiang Wiang, a professor in the Department of Medical Genetics. The decision came at a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, intended to determine if there was sufficient evidence to move forward with a case against Wang. He had been charged in February 2013 with sexual assault and sexual contact with a child. The evidence presented in the hearing is subject to a publication ban, but the Edmonton Journal reports that the alleged victim was 16 years old. Wang’s wife, Xinmei Chen, has been charged with unlawful confinement of a child; she will next appear in court on November 5. Edmonton Journal