Manitoulin taxi driver charged in sexual assault complaints

SHEGUIANDAH–On September 29 at 4:30 am, Manitoulin OPP were notified of a sexual assault complaint involving a 19-year-old female. The allegation was that the young woman was being transported by a male taxi driver when the alleged assault took place. Upon investigation, police learned that another young woman, a 24-year-old, came forward with a similar allegation of sexual assault by the same male while being transported in his taxi. After further investigation the man was located and arrested. He was employed by a local taxi service at the time of the alleged offences. He is no longer employed by the taxi service.

The man has been identified as a 70-year-old of Sheguiandah. He has been charged with two counts of sexual assault Section 271 contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

The accused was released on a promise to appear on an undertaking with conditions and will be appearing in Gore Bay Criminal Court on Monday, October 29.

Police are asking the public for assistance. If they have any information about this individual they are asked to contact police at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).