In a truly unusual case, four Ontario men from the same family have now been indicted on charges of sexual assault. Details of the crimes, which reportedly took place over nearly two decades, are still limited.
But according to the Ontario Provincial Police, the related men face a total of 19 charges between them. The oldest man, 67, stands accused of 12 of those counts.
According to the Russell County OPP Crime Unit, the men were brought in by police in connection to numerous sexual assaults which occurred between 1974 and 1991, reports the Ottawa Citizen.
Many of the men, whose identities are currently being protected, were minors during the time of their crimes. The accused have all be charged under the laws that existed during the period when the crimes were committed.
The identities of the men were not released as a means to protect the identities of their victims. “Victims of sexual assault are not alone,” Russell County OPP stated according to CityNews. “If you need support or know someone that does, there are local resources available to help.
“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 911,” the statement continued.
Here is a list of the men’s crimes according to a report by the Ottawa Citizen:
- Ottawa man, 58 faces two counts of indecent assault on a female and one count of sexual assault. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 10th.
- A Rockland man, 62, who faces one count of indecent assault on a female will appear in court on April 3rd.
- An Ottawa man, 67, faces two counts of indecent assault on a female along with two counts of sexual interference, two counts of sexual exploitation. He also stands accused of having sexual intercourse with a female under the age of 14 and will appear in court on April 24th.
- A Rockland man, 57, will face charges of having sexual intercourse with a female under 14 years of age alongside charges of sexual assault and indecent assault on a female. He will appear in court on May 8th.
It is uncertain at this time whether police will be releasing the identities of the men, but given the nature of their crimes, it is likely that if convicted some will face jail time.
In the Canadian legal system the maximum prison sentence for sexual assault, if aggravated. is life in prison. Although it is uncertain if any of the accused charges holds such weight, an individual convicted of sexual assault of any degree is likely to face serious consequences.