12/03/2014 04:58 EST | Updated 02/02/2015 05:59 EST

Quebec Singer Luck Mervil Charged With Sexually Assaulting Teen In 1996

Haitian-born Canadian singer Luck Mervil performs on December 16, 2011 at Bercy (POPB) hall in Paris during the Notre Dame de Paris musical show by Canadian Luc Plamondon from French writer Victor Hugo. The singer is among the seven artists who performed in the original show in 1998 participate in the event with 70 musicians and 40 choir singers. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
MONTREAL - Popular Quebec singer and actor Luck Mervil has been charged with sexually assaulting an adolescent girl with whom he was in a position of authority.

The 47-year-old Haitian native also faces one count of invitation to sexual touching involving the same girl.

The alleged offences took place in the first six months of 1996 when he was 29.

Court proceedings are set to resume Feb. 23 for Mervil, whose first name is actually Lucknerson.

He has become involved in humanitarian causes in recent years as well as being named "Patriot of the Year" in 2004 by the separatist Societe Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

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