Winnipeg man on Canada-wide arrest warrant for sexual assault brought to Kingston
An 18-year-old man from Winnipeg has been brought to Kingston to face a sexual assault charge stemming from a 2016 incident.
On the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, the victim, a youth at the time, went to a residence in Kingston’s west end where a group of youths were present, according to a press release from Kingston Police. During the evening the victim and the accused were alone together and the accused, who was 16-years-old at the time, sexually assaulted the victim.
The incident was reported to Kingston Police in April of 2017. The resulting investigation by the Kingston Police Sexual Assault Unit led of a Canada-wide arrest warrant being issued for the accused as his whereabouts were unknown at the time.
On Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, the accused was arrested by Winnipeg Police and subsequently transported to Kingston Police Headquarters on Tuesday, Sept. 18. He is charged with sexual assault.
The following is a statement from Kingston Police:
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.
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 https://www.kingstonpolice.ca/services-resources/victim-services/#path_of_strength
- Kingston Interval House
- Kingston Sexual Assault Centre
- Resolve Counselling Services Canada
- KFACC (Kingston Frontenac Anti-violence Coordinating Committee)
- Victim Services of Kingston and Frontenac (613-548-4834) http://victimservicesontario.ca/
- Addiction & Mental Health Services – Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington
- Ministry of the Attorney General – Violence in the Family https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/violence.php
- Ministry of the Attorney General – Victim Services Directory http://services.findhelp.ca/ovss/
- Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres