Man, 65, charged in sex assault investigation at LTC facility

The charges involve two victims in incidents that are alleged to have happened while the man was working in food services at the home.

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A 65-year-old Ottawa man is facing charges following an investigation into allegations of sexual assault of residents at the city-run Garry J. Armstrong long-term care home.

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The man, who is charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual assault of a person with a disability, was scheduled to appear in court Friday, the Ottawa Police Service said in a release.

The charges involve two victims in incidents that are alleged to have happened while the man was working in food services at the home, police said.

Police opened the investigation Oct. 26 after receiving a complaint from the facility.

The staff member was removed from the home as soon as the home became aware of an alleged incident of sexual abuse of a resident, the City of Ottawa’s general manager of community and social services, Donna Gray, said in a memo last week.

The resident’s family, police and the Ministry of Long-Term Care were immediately notified, she said. Other staff at the 180-bed facility on the Rideau River, between the Vanier Parkway and King Edward Avenue, and the resident’s family provided support.

“We are deeply troubled by this alleged incident,” Gray wrote. “We do not tolerate any form of abuse or neglect in our homes. Staff at the home are fully cooperating with the police to support a thorough and complete investigation.”

Police, meanwhile, said they were “dedicated to supporting and protecting vulnerable persons in our community,” adding that families in need of help could call the Ottawa Police Service victim support unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 2223.


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