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Retirement Home Former GM Charged After Seniors Were Trapped In Their Rooms

After a months-long investigation, Durham Regional Police (DRPS) officers have charged the former manager of a retirement home after residents were allegedly confined to their rooms during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Friday, February 12, investigators began looking into a complaint against staff members at the White Cliffe Terrace Retirement Residence on Highway 2 in Courtice, Ontario. The complaint alleged that staff had taken off the door handles to some units inside the residence.

"The DRPS Criminal Investigations Bureau worked with community partners and oversight bodies and have arrested and charged a male, who was the general manager at the time of the incident," police said in an announcement.

Forty-year-old Tawab Karimi was charged with two counts of unlawful confinement. According to Global News, he was released on the promise to appear in court.

Anyone with new information regarding the matter is asked to reach out to Detective Constable Hilliard of the East Division Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 1657.

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