58-year-old Winnipeg man charged with child sexual abuse dating back to late 1990s, police say

WARNING: This article contains graphic content and may affect those who have experienced​ ​​​sexual violence or know someone affected by it.

Winnipeg police have arrested a 58-year-old man accused of sexually abusing and exploiting children as young as four while he was babysitting them over a period of two decades.

Investigators received a report in June 2022 about sexual abuse involving multiple children, youth and young adults, age four to 20, dating back to the 1990s, police said in a news release on Thursday.

The survivors all gave similar stories about abuse when they were at his home being babysat as children and, as they got older, as visitors.

The man is accused of asking them to touch him, sleeping naked with them and touching them in an unwanted sexual way.

As the survivors grew older, they were given drugs and alcohol at the man’s home, police allege.

Police arrested the 58-year-old man on April 28.

He’s was charged with seven counts of sexual assault, five counts of sexual interference, sexual exploitation, two counts of invitation to sexual touching, administering drugs with the intent to endanger life or cause bodily harm and supplying liquor to a person under 18.

He was released from custody with a number of conditions.

Support is available for anyone who has been sexually assaulted. You can access crisis lines and local support services through this Government of Canada website or the Ending Violence Association of Canada database. ​​If you’re in immediate danger or fear for your safety or that of others around you, please call 911.

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