The bizarre case of Chilliwack’s David Lee Roth impersonator accused of sexually assaulting an underage girl for nearly a decade finally wrapped up last month with a judgment underway Aug. 1 and 2.
Going by David Kuntz-Angel in the court system, the 53-year-old has too many aliases to list, not least of which is Roth, the former lead singer of American rock band Van Halen.
Kuntz-Angel is accused of grooming the complainant from the age of eight to 19 when she complained to police.
Kuntz-Angel was known in Chilliwack and in communities all the way to Brantford, Ontario for his compulsion to pretend he is actually is David Lee Roth, something the rock star once had to respond to more than a decade ago.
His accuser spent eight days on the witness stand in B.C. Supreme Court with the help of a support dog. Whether she would be able to testify at all was touch and go, but she managed to deal with the stress of facing the man who allegedly assaulted her over years.
The case had numerous unusual episodes, not least of which was Kuntz-Angel on the witness stand defensively describing the length of his penis. His lawyer argued that the victim had in fact never seen Kuntz-Angel’s genitalia and attempted to prove that by way of photographing it and measuring his length.
While being monitored by a nurse at at Surrey Pre-trial Centre, Kuntz-Angel testified, appearing to hold back tears, that he was measured at a little more than nine inches.
“Why were you not fully erect?” his lawyer Chantal Paquette asked.
“This was an exceedingly difficult thing to do,” he responded. “I was in custody. Guards were outside the door. There was a camera in the room. I was unable to get fully erect.”
The point of the submission was to counter Crown evidence that Kuntz-Angel had sex with the young girl.
“She’s never seen his genitals, would be my submission,” his lawyer said.
And then he blamed the media coverage of his case.
“Things Mr. Henderson printed in the paper ended up getting my teeth knocked out from that. I’m just trying to recover.”
His lawyer then asked if he had ever measured “it” fully erect, and Kuntz-Angel claimed it was more than 11.5 inches.
During the trial the court heard of various instances where strangers witnessed Kuntz-Angel and the complainant in sexually suspicious circumstances. One witness called police as he witnessed the accused with the complainant interacting inappropriately in the Landing Leisure Centre pool when she was eight or nine years old.
“It was almost as if I was watching a couple being intimate and close,” the witness said.
Then there was strangers who spotted Kuntz-Angel emerging from a green space with the girl after he had been stung by wasps or bees.
“I saw a gentleman come out of the bushes carrying a blanket and a young girl with him,” that witness testified. “She looked scared. She looked worried. It didn’t look right.”
Crown counsel Sandra Di Curzio entered numerous photos as evidence that showed the complainant in sexually provocative positions, some with Kuntz-Angel playing his guitar
His last appearance in court was on July 8 when he appeared via video. Justice Neill Brown fixed a date of Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. for a decision after the 20-day trial.
That decision began Aug. 1 and is expected to take Justice Brown into Aug. 2.
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