Prominent Toronto pastor Brent Hawkes has been found not guilty of gross indecency and indecent assault.

Provincial court Judge Alan Tufts handed down the verdict today in Kentville, N.S., saying he found significant inconsistencies in the testimony of the witnesses.

Hawkes, a high-profile rights activist who officiated at former NDP leader Jack Layton’s state funeral in 2011, had pleaded not guilty to the charges.