Guard at RCMP detachment charged with sexual assault of woman in cell: RCMP

A Manitoba man in his 50s has been charged with sexual assault after a woman was assaulted while in a cell at an RCMP detachment.

On March 20, RCMP said a 39-year-old woman was booked overnight in a cell at the Little Grand Rapids RCMP detachment. She reported she had been sexually assaulted by a man guarding the cells.

Police investigated the incident and determined a civilian contractor hired from the community was working that night as a guard for the cells. Mounties allege he went into the cell, offered the woman alcohol and then touched her inappropriately several times and then left the cell.

RCMP said guards are not allowed in a cell without an RCMP officer unless there are critical circumstances. RCMP noted an officer was not present when the incident happened and the man only went into the one cell at the detachment.

Donald James Fraser, 54, has been charged with sexual assault. He was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on July 27.

The charges against him have not been proven in court.

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