A Kingston man has been arrested and charged after the victim, his former live-in girlfriend, reported a history of assault, sexual assault, and forcible confinement to local police.
The victim and the accused man began a relationship and moved in together in October of 2018. In the ensuing months, the accused man assaulted and sexually assaulted the victim. In one incident, the accused man forcibly removed the victim from his vehicle and then dragged her into the residence, where she remained, unable to leave.
Then, after the victim ended the relationship on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, the accused man began harassing the victim by repeatedly contacting her through social media and text messages.
The on-going harassment and previous assaults were reported to Kingston Police on Friday, Jan. 25. Police went the accused man’s address, where he was arrested without incident. The 45-year-old local man was charged with sexual assault, assault, kidnapping, forcible confinement, and criminal harassment.
The following is a statement 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
Kingston Police want to let victims of sexual assault know that it is their choice to disclose the incident to police. If you have been sexually assaulted or abused and are uncertain what to do, please attend the hospital and see the caring and compassionate staff at the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence clinic (SADV). The staff can help you with counselling and coping strategies in addition to providing testing for sexually transmitted diseases and providing access to HIV medication. If you are willing the staff will also complete the sexual assault evidence kit. Evidence can be collected up to twelve days following a sexual assault. Depending on the circumstances it may be possible for DNA evidence to be obtained from clothing after it has been washed. Your confidentiality is guaranteed and police will only be contacted by the hospital if you request it at the time. The SADV clinic will store the contents of the kit for a preliminary period of 6 months which offers a victim time to gather information on the process and decide on how they want to proceed.