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Pastor, lecturer, psychotherapist charged with sex assault

Durham Police said a 63-year-old Courtice male has been charged with sexual assault offences involving two separate male victims.

The DRPS Special Victims Unit commenced an investigation in October after a victim came forward with allegations of a sexual nature against the suspect. The sexual assaults began in 2016 involving a 17-year-old male and continued for several years. A second victim was identified with allegations stemming from 2013, who was 21-years-old at the time of the offence. Between 2008 and 2017, the suspect worked as a contractual lecturer at Ontario Tech University (formerly UOIT). The identified victims from the above noted incidents were his students, said a police statement.

Investigators arrested and charged the man with: Sexual Assault x3; Sexual Exploitation x1. He was released on an Undertaking.

The suspect has been involved in the community in many capacities for many years. From 1985 to 2002, he was a church pastor in the Clarington area. He also previously worked as a psychotherapist at a medical clinic in Oshawa. He currently provides mental health/psychological services at this Oshawa clinic.

Investigators want to ensure there are no further victims. Further details and a photo of the suspect can be viewed at www.drps.ca under Newsroom.

Anyone with new information that could help investigators is asked to contact Det. Connolly of the Major Crime – Special Victims Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5339.

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