Brantford police charge man with more sexual offences against youth

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The Brantford Police Service has filed more charges against a man accused of sexually assaulting young males over a span of 35 years..

The criminal investigation section has continued the investigation into Paul Fitzgerald, 55, of Brantford and identified further victims.

Police have identified nine victims and charged Fitzgerald with 21 Criminal Code offences including indecent assault on a male, procuring, sexual assault, assault, threatening and uttering threats.

In the fall of 2018, the Brantford Police Service began an investigation into a complaint of a historical sexual assault that involved a male teenager.

The investigation identified numerous male victims who were youths at the time of the incidents.

The victims identified the same Brantford man, who is now 55, as the offender.

The youths claim the accused befriended them at different points between 1980 and 2015.

The accused is said to have provided them with drugs and alcohol, then allegedly engaging in sexual activities with them.

The sexual assaults are believed to have happened when the victims were between the ages of 12 and 17 years old. One of the incidents occurred as long as 35 years ago.

As a result of the initial police investigation, a 55-year-old male from Brantford has been charged with 15 Criminal Code offences including indecent assault on a male, procuring, sexual assault, assault, threatening and uttering threats.

Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to contact the Brantford Police Service, Victim Services of Brant at 519-752-3140 or the Sexual Assault Centre of Brant at 519-751-1164.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Chris Fleming of the Brantford Police Service criminal investigation section at 519-756-0113, ext. 2319.

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