Port Moody mayor Rob Vagramov decides to return to work while sexual assault case is still before court

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      Port Moody residents have their mayor back.

      Rob Vagramov announced today that he's returned to work even though he's still facing a sexual assault charge dating back to 2015, when he was a member of council.

      It allegedly took place in Coquitlam.

      Vagramov was elected to the city's top job in October, but has been on leave since the charge was laid in March.

      At that time, he declared his innocence and he has sued the complainant for defamation.

      Vagramov said today that the charge has been scaled back from an indictable offense to a "summary matter".

      He added that the Crown and his lawyer are exploring options that would not involve him facing trial.

      He's next scheduled court appearance is in Port Coquitlam on Thursday (September 12).

      Vagramov does not intend to serve as chair of the Port Moody police board—a position normally occupied by the mayor.