A Picton man has is now facing charges after police began looking into reported historic sexual assaults last week, according to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
Officers with the OPP responded to those reports on Monday, Apr. 20, 2020, and an ensuing investigation was carried out with the assistance of the Prince Edward County Crime Unit. According to police, the sexual assaults began in 2009.
On Saturday, Apr. 25, 2020, a search warrant was executed at an address on Pitt Street in Picton and, as a result, a 67-year-old man from Picton was arrested and charged with the following:
- Sexual assault
- Sexual assault on a person under 16
- Invitation to sexual touching under 16 years of age
- Criminal harassment – threatening conduct
- Three counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm
The accused man was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton at a later date. The name of the accused is not being released in order to protect the identity of the victims.
The following is a message from the OPP:
Victims of sexual assault are not alone. If you need support or know someone that does, there are local resources available to help. You can visit the Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District for assistance. A toll free call can also be placed to the Assaulted Women’s Helpline at 1-866-863-0511 where your information will remain anonymous and confidential. If you are in an immediate crisis, dial 9-1-1.
Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.