After over two months of investigation, a local man has been arrested on a Canada-wide warrant for domestic violence and sexual assault.
The arrest is the result of a joint effort between Kingston Police, the East Region Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (ROPE) Squad and Sûreté du Québec. According to Kingston Police, the case began on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 when the Kingston Police Sexual Assault Unit began an investigation of the accused man regarding numerous instances of domestic assault and sexual abuse. Then, police learned that the accused man and the victim had reconnected through social media.
In June 2019 the accused came to Kingston and eventually moved in with the victim until early January 2020 when the victim told the man to leave.
According to police, during the six months the accused man lived with the victim he threatened, choked, assaulted, and sexually assaulted on multiple occasions.
Following these incidents and being told to leave the victim’s home, the accused fled to Quebec and a Canada-wide warrant was issued. The East Region ROPE squad continued the investigation, and located the accused man with the assistance of Sûreté du Québec. He was located and arrested in Hébertville, Quebec on Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2020. That same day, Kingston Police and ROPE Squad officers travelled to Alma, Quebec and took custody of the accused man, who was then transported to Kingston Police Headquarters and held to attend a bail hearing.
The 22-year-old Amherstview man was charged with:
- Two counts of sexual assault
- Assault by choking
- Four counts of assault
- Two counts of choking
- Three counts of uttering threats
- Uttering threats to kill animals
- Uttering threats to damage property
- Forcible confinement
- Breach of probation
The following is a message from Kingston Police:
No one has the right to abuse another person. Victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and witnesses are encouraged to contact Kingston Police. The following links offer valuable support services and resources in the Kingston area for victims of domestic and/or sexual violence:
- Kingston Police (613-549-4660)
- Kingston Police Path of Strength Smartphone App
- Kingston Interval House
- Kingston Sexual Assault Centre
- Resolve Counselling Services Canada
- KFACC (Kingston Frontenac Anti-violence Coordinating Committee) and KFACC for men
- Victim Services of Kingston and Frontenac (613-548-4834)
- Addiction & Mental Health Services – Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington
- Ministry of the Attorney General – Violence in the Family
- Ministry of the Attorney General – Victim Services Directory
- Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres