Police lay 45 new sex-related charges against long time Ottawa teacher and coach Rick Watkins

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Police Service announced today that they have laid 45 charges against teacher and basketball coach Rick Watkins, also known as Rick Despatie, who has taught at St. Matthews Catholic High School in Orléans for 25 years. The charges, dating from 2004 to 2021, include 13 counts of sexual assault, 13 counts of sexual interference, 11 counts of criminal harassment, 6 counts of voyeurism, one count of assault, and 1 count of assault with a weapon.

The thirteen victims who came forward are all 14 years old, according to a press release. However, at this time, SACA (Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section) believes there may be more victims.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit at 613-236-1222, extension 5944. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.

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