Port Moody mayor charged with sexual assault returns to work

Sep 9 2019, 2:50 pm

Port Moody Mayor Robert Vagramov has returned to the job following several months of voluntary leave he took last spring after being charged with sexual assault.

On Monday, the City of Port Moody announced Vagramov will resume his mayoral duties effective immediately. He will also return to his duties as chair for a number of committees and boards, with the exception of the Port Moody Police Board.

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Earlier this year, Vagramov was charged in connection with an alleged incident that happened in Coquitlam in 2015.

A special prosecutor was appointed to investigate the case on December 17, 2018, but that was only revealed in March 2019 by the BC Prosecution Service.

Vagramov has been on a voluntary leave of absence from his mayoral duties since March 29, 2019. Hunter Madsen took the role as Port Moody’s acting mayor. Madsen will now return to his position as a city councillor.

Vagramov was among the youngest leaders ever elected to serve the suburban city when he joined council five years ago. He was elected mayor in October 2018.

The elected official also came under fire during his mayoral campaign after a video surfaced of him shotgunning a beer with a homeless man.

Vagramov is expected to address the public and media today at 3:30 pm.

With files from Darcy Matheson. 

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