Six men now charged with historical sex offences in one Rockland family

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ROCKLAND — Russell County OPP report that two more men have been arrested in connection with historical sexual assaults occurring within the same family.

The number of individuals charged in the case now stands at six — for alleged incidents that happened between 1974 and 1991. The detachment previously arrested four males from the family between Jan. 31 and March 13 of this year.

The latest accused are a 57-year-old man from Montague Township, Ont., and a 58-year-old man from Quyon, Que.

The 57-year-old is scheduled to appear April 25 in L’Orignal court. He’s been charged with:

• Young Person Charged (YPC) Indecent Assault on Male CC 156;

• Indecent Assault on Male CC 156;

• Gross Indecency CC 157 (two counts);

• Sexual Assault CC 246.1 and

• YPC Gross Indecency CC 157.

The 58-year-old is scheduled to appear May 9 and May 15 in L’Orignal court. He’s been charged with:

• Indecent Assault on a Male CC 156;

• Acts of Gross Indecency CC 157 (Two counts);

• Sexual Assault CC 246.1;

• YPC Indecent Assault on a Male CC 156 and

• YPC Acts of Gross Indecency CC 157.

The identities of the accused cannot be released in order to protect the identities of the victims. Some of the accused are also protected under the terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) due to the historic nature of the allegations.

The detachment emphasizes that 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 Victim Services of Prescott-Russell at http://svsprescottrussell.ca 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.”

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