Current Cases in the News
October 21, 2017
Bryon Ruttan Speaks for the First Time About Watching His Sexual Predator, Already Found Guilty, Set Free by the Supreme Court of Canada.The Globe and Mail
'I know the truth': A rape survivor on the line between justice delayed and justice denied.
August 2, 2017
John Robert Leigh Taylor: Windsor Police Officer Accused of Being a Serial Sex OffenderWindsor Star
A former Windsor police officer is now accused of being a serial sex offender who preyed on children during the time he was a local cop.
June 27, 2017
Richard Knill: Brampton Teacher Facing More Sexual Assault ChargesCBC News
A Brampton high school teacher who was charged earlier this month for allegedly sexually exploiting a student now faces two more sex-related charges...
February 11, 2016
Ghomeshi Case ImpactCHCH News
Jellinek Law sexual abuse lawyer Karen Bellehumeur is interviewed about the impact of the Jian Ghomeshi case.
February 10, 2016
Jian Ghomeshi trial could deter women from reporting sexual assaultCBC News
Blaming and shaming in high-profile case could stop some women from coming forward…
February 4, 2016
Why the media lawyer was pushing the Ghomeshi judge to reveal a bikini photoNational Post
When a lawyer representing Canadian media stepped forward at Jian Ghomeshi’s sexual assault trial in Toronto to argue for the release of a bikini photo of a woman who testified against the disgraced former CBC radio host…
February 3, 2016
Former York Region police officer Donald Clark facing more sexual assault chargesTheStar.com
Three other alleged victims have come forward since Donald Clark, 65, was charged in connection with the sexual assault of a child…
February 1, 2016
Disgraced doctor, Western sued by former studentLondon Free Press
Jellinek Law lawyer Karen Bellehumeur represents a woman who claims she was assaullted by Dr. Stanley Dobrowolski while he was at Western University.
January 21, 2016
As Ghomeshi trial begins, experts warn historical sexual assault convictions hard to secureCTV News
As the trial of broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi, CTV news talks to Jellinek Law lawyer Karen Bellehumeur, a form Crown prosecutor.
September 25, 2015
Father Donald Grecco charged over decades-old sexual AssaultsAM980
Officers with the Haldimand County OPP have laid charges against a former priest stemming from a series of historical sexual assaults.
May 8, 2015
Priest exploited position to sexually assault womenSUN+
A disgraced Romanian Orthodox priest has admitted to sexually assaulting 10 women, exploiting his position to victimize them in church, during confessions and in other places.
Ioan Pop, 56, used his holy position to fondle, kiss and make unwanted sexual advances at women from April 1, 1999 through September 2013. The assaults occurred while victims were seeking religious services such as confessions, weddings and funerals.
April 10, 2015
Dufferin-Peel school priest confessed to sex assault in U.S.The Star
Rev. James Roth died of an apparent suicide in February during an unpublicized investigation of a U.S. complaint.
A GTA Catholic school board did not disclose to parents recent allegations that a board priest had sexually assaulted a child a decade ago in the United States, while the Archdiocese of Toronto made the allegations public only this week — nearly three months after they surfaced.
February 13, 2015
Pastor Clifton Pelley Found Guilty of Sexually Assaulting TeenOttawa Sun
A former pastor was found guilty Friday of two sex-related charges involving a teenage boy 25 years ago.
Mr. Justice Hugh O'Connell told the court he believed the testimony of the victim, who said Clifton Pelley had taken him into a church office after a trip to the U.S. in 1985 and told him he had the authority of the church and the police to inspect his genitals.
January 09, 2015
Toronto pastor arrested in sexual assault investigationGlobal
A Toronto pastor has been arrested following a sexual assault investigation and police believe there may be more victims.
Paul David Melnichuk, 81, faces five counts of sexual assault involving two female members of his congregation.
December 08, 2014
Stittsville priest faces child sex chargesSUN+
Cops have charged an Ottawa priest with sexual assault and sexual interference with a 14-year-old boy in 2008.
Police have been investigating allegations about Father Stephen Amesse, 56, since February.
December 04, 2014
Veteran OPP officer charged with sexual assaultthestar.com
A veteran Ontario Provincial Police officer from Bancroft has been charged with sexual assault two days after an investigation began, the OPP confirmed Wednesday.
The 50-year-old officer, who has been suspended from duty with pay, has been with the police force for 29 years.
November 17, 2014
CALEDON, Ont. – A Caledon teacher is facing charges after an alleged sexual assault on a boy at an elementary school.
Wayne Hepburn, 65, of Guelph has been charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference, police said.
October 31, 2014
Robin GwyniPick Canada's FrontPage
KINGSTON, Ont. – Police in Kingston, Ont., say a retired priest is facing fresh charges related to alleged sexual assaults stretching back to the 1980s.
They say Robin Gwyn, 66, was arrested in his home province of Nova Scotia on Sept. 18 and transported to Kingston four days later.
October 31, 2014
TORONTO - Jian Ghomeshi is not currently facing a criminal investigation despite as many as nine women coming forward with stories of sexual assault involving the former CBC Radio host, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said Thursday.
Police are aware of the disturbing allegations, but none of the alleged victims have filed a complaint and they can't launch an investigation based solely on media reports, Blair said.
October 31, 2014
Anieph Fitzroy Burton and Jehanneiry BeatonCity Tv News
A married Toronto couple has been arrested in connection with a string of break and enters in south Etobicoke over the last three years.
Victims reported someone broke into their homes while they were sleeping and went through their belongings. Several women were sexually assaulted during the break-ins and in one case a 91-year-old woman was attacked.
October 31, 2014
Why do victims of sexual assault stay silent? No easy answer, say expertsCTV News
TORONTO -- "Why didn't you go to police? "
A simple question, but without a simple answer when it is posed to sexual assault victims.
Experts agree that the reasons why sexual assault victims are often reluctant to step forward are myriad.
October 31, 2014
Richard FordGlobal Toronto
TORONTO – Toronto police believe there could more victims after a man was charged with sexually assaulting a special needs girl several years ago.
Police say the accused was a special needs assistant at Martingrove Collegiate Institute between Oct. 2010 and Dec. 2011 when the alleged incidents occurred.
September 17, 2014
Sergeant Derek MellorCHCH
Sergeant Derek Mellor led the Hamilton Police Service’s first human trafficking unit until he was suspended in December 2012, amid allegations from women connected to his work.
September 12, 2014
Father Eric DejaegerThe Star
A Nunavut judge has found a former Roman Catholic priest guilty of 24 of the more than 70 sex-related charges he faced involving Inuit children more than 30 years ago.
September 02, 2014
Philip WoodToronto Police Service
The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest in a multi-jurisdictional Historical Sexual Assault investigation. The alleged incidents occurred between 1977 and 1983, mainly in the area of Parham, Ontario at Sagamore Farm group home.
August 25, 2014
Justice Wolf Tausendfreund sentenced the 46-year-old Cameron, Ont., man Tuesday.
August 25, 2014
A Grade 8 Toronto teacher has been charged with sexual assault involving a 13-year-old male student.
June 18, 2014
Rabbi Heshi Nussbaum
CBC Radio - The Current
We hear a troubling story of a Toronto rabbi who assaulted young boys in his care and how --despite allegations and rumours in the Jewish community-- it took decades to bring him to justice.
May 14, 2014
Father Gabriele DelBianco
A former Catholic priest is headed to prison for sex-related crimes against two teenage girls. Justice Joseph Donohue sentenced Gabriele DelBianco, 57, to a total of four years in prison on Wednesday in Sarnia, Ont.
May 6, 2014
A former minor hockey coach and Big Brother volunteer has been charged in connection to a sexual assault investigation dating back to the 1990s.
April 14, 2014
Gordon StucklessCity News Toronto
Convicted Maple Leaf Gardens child molester Gordon Stuckless is planning to plead guilty to 103 new charges next week, his lawyer tells CityNews.
March 25, 2014
Stanley Marcus Brown
A former Oshawa Scout leader who pleaded guilty to molesting nine boys decades ago has been sentenced to a term of house arrest, a punishment dismissed by one victim Friday as “not enough.”
March 02, 2014
Father Roger Pronovost
Thunder Bay New Watch
A Catholic priest is facing several sexual assault charges dating to alleged offences against a teenaged male victim between 1987 and 1989.
February 05, 2014
The Vatican "systematically" adopted policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades, a UN human rights committee said Wednesday, urging the Holy See to open its files on pedophiles and bishops who concealed their crimes.
January 20, 2014
CALGARY — Conservative MP Rob Anders is trying to put the word “rape” back into the Criminal Code, seeking to end the ambiguity that some feminists agree is minimizing the severity of sexual assault in the public’s perception.
November 15, 2013
Petty Officer James Wilks
GATINEAU, Que. – A military judge has rendered a guilty verdict in the sex assault court martial of a former Canadian Forces medic on more than two dozen charges.
October 30, 2013
Father Daniel Miller
North Renfrew Times
The Ontario Provincial Police have laid new charges against a Pembroke priest already facing possible jail time for sexually assaulting young boys.
October 22, 2013
Reverend George Ferris
A former priest living in Pembroke, Ont., has been charged in connection to allegations of sexual offences from more than 40 years ago.
October 21, 2013
Reverend Howard Chabot
BRANTFORD, ON -- A man who said he was repeatedly molested as a teenager by a former Anglican minister said he was warned not to tell anyone what was going on or they would both get into trouble.
October 17, 2013
Father Gabriele DelBianco
SARNIA, ON -- A former priest charged with sexual assault officiated at the wedding of one of his alleged victims, court heard Thursday. Gabriele DelBianco, 57, is on trial for 16 sexual offences involving four women during the 1980s.
July 30, 2013
Reverend Howard Chabot
A Pembroke, Ont., priest faces two charges including sexual assault in connection with an incident in 1985.
July 29, 2103
A 30-year-old former City of Ottawa lifeguard, Scouts Canada volunteer and swim coach facing 18 sexual assault-related charges has been released on bail, with strict conditions.
June 24, 2013
Christopher Parkin680 News
TORONTO, Ont. – Police have laid new charges against a teacher from Forest Hill Collegiate, already charged with sexual assault, following an additional victim coming forward.
May 14, 2013
Alex BruntonPeterborough Examiner
Today there are “several” known victims. But as investigators dive deeper into the allegations surrounding long-time minor sports volunteer Alex Brunton, police say there’s a growing concern there could be hundreds of victims.
April 12, 2013
Michael DimmickToronto Sun
TORONTO - Former hockey coach and Scouts Canada assistant Michael Dimmick fondled and performed oral sex on a young player and then molested his younger brother, the alleged victim told court Friday.
March 01, 2013
Father Jacques FaucherMetro
A former Catholic priest was back in court in Ottawa to hear six new sex abuse charges against him, stemming back to the 1970s.
November 28, 2013
Father Linus BastienLondon Free Press
A list of charges against a retired priest living in Chatham has grown. Chatham-Kent police arrested Linus Bastien, 86, at his retirement residence on Keil Drive Wednesday morning. "This investigation is a result of charges started by Essex OPP," said Chatham-Kent Sgt. Mike Thompson.
November 17, 2012
Rabbi Heshi Nussbaum & Dr. Harvey ErlichExaminer
Nearly 10 years ago The Awareness Center sent out notices looking for survivors of both Rabbi Heshi Nussbaum and a dentist named Harvey Erlich, yet never heard anything back.
September 20, 2012
Kevin Michael HicksThe Star
Kevin Michael Hicks was a well-liked and highly respected figure skating coach, known for his artistry and ability to bring people together for a good cause.
June 21, 2012
John Edward SullivanNorth Bay Police
On June 20th, 2012 John Edward Sullivan, 87 yrs was arrested in Montreal QC on a North Bay warrant for gross indecency. The charge is the result of a North Bay Police investigation into a complaint of historical child sexual abuse that is alleged to have occurred in the late 1960's.
June 19, 2012
Gerald LevineToronto Sun
TORONTO - Toronto Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a sexual assault case in which one child was allegedly abused more than 30 years ago. Police said the suspect worked as a volunteer from 1980 to 1983 with a number of unidentified Toronto children’s organizations as a mentor when a 12-year-old boy was sexually assaulted.
March 11, 2012
Norman McLeodCBC News
Another former Scouts Canada leader is facing charges after a Toronto man came forward alleging sexual abuse he says happened more than 37 years ago. Allan Howe, 51, says he was happy and excited when he joined the scouts at age 13.
February 21, 2012
Father Rene Paul Emile LabelleThe Whig Standard
Provincial police have charged a Roman Catholic priest in connection to an incident dating to 2004. Rene Paul Emile Labelle, 62, of Seeleys Bay was charged Monday with sexual assault, sexual exploitation and invitation to sexual exploitation. The charges relate to an incident alleged to have happened to a man who was a teenage boy in the summer of 2004.
January 31, 2012
Reverend George FerrisParis Star
Provincial police have laid a new set of historical sexual assault charges against a retired Anglican minister who formerly preached in Paris. The Brant County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Criminal Investigation Unit charged Anglican Minister George Ferris, 64, of Cambridge, Ontario. The sexual offences Ferris is charged with date back to the period from 1981 to 1988.
January 26, 2012
Father James BoudreauTheSpec.com
GUELPH: Former Hamilton Catholic priest James Boudreau has pleaded guilty to sexual assault.
Boudreau, a 68-year-old retired catholic priest pleaded guilty in Guelph’s provincial court to two sexual assaults. He will be sentenced on April 13. Court was told Boudreau, took advantage of a young man’s friendship and another’s interest in the clergy when he sexually assaulted the two in the 1980s. Boudreau served as pastor at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, on Victoria Road North, from 1978 to 1985. He went on to work at six other Ontario churches, including Kitchener’s St. John’s Catholic Church.
December 09, 2011
Scouts Canada issues apology to victims of abuse
In a solemn six-minute video posted online Thursday, Scouts Canada offered a public apology to all former members who may have “suffered harm” at the hands of volunteer leaders in the past and announced a third-party review of its records relating to abuse.
“Our sincere efforts to prevent such crimes have not always succeeded. We are sorry for that,” chief commissioner Steve Kent said in the video posted on YouTube. “We are saddened at any resulting harm. Our most profound sympathies extend to all victims and to their families.”
Kentʼs words came weeks after a report on CBCʼs Fifth Estate alleged Scouts Canada maintained a list of suspected pedophiles dating back at least to the mid-1980s and did not share it with authorities. Scouts Canada repeatedly denied the allegation, saying any information on suspected pedophiles was shared with police.
December 08, 2011
Reverend William Hodgson Marshall
Catholic officials failed to report sex abuse, Ontario suits allege
Roman Catholic officials in Ontario were told on two occasions that a priest was molesting young boys but didnʼt alert the police or the childrenʼs aid society, allowing Rev. William Hodgson Marshall to assault children for three decades, two new civil suits allege.
One of the clerics who is alleged to have failed to report Father Marshallʼs sexual abuse is the late Monsignor W.E. Dillon, a long-time pastor at Sacred Heart parish in Windsor.
October 21, 2011
Richard TurleySexual Predator, Richard Turley – Boy Scouts Leader across the Canada & the United States
Richard Turley, a Boy Scout leader who molested at least eight scouts throughout the 1970’s and 80’s across California and British Columbia, wasn’t sentenced to jail until 1988 for sexually assaulting a child at a swimming pool. He spent 30 days in jail and was banned from associations dealing with youths such as Scouts, YMCA and Little League. The police finally started a large-scale investigation into Turley in 1995.
October 01, 2011
Predator teachers: Students ruined by teacher sex assaults
Predator teachers have left a trail of wounded students across Ontario. Teachers, mostly male but some female, have sexually abused young people. Broken lives are the result. A Toronto Star investigation has found this is a serious problem that nobody - not the teacher watchdog, school boards or teachers' unions - has been able to curb.
June 3, 2010
Chi Cuong HangChi Cuong Hang – North York Teacher Charged with Sexual Assault
North York middle school teacher, Chi Cuong Hang, has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference following allegations involving a 12-year-old student.
Hang teaches grade 7 at Don Mills Middle School in Toronto. He was arrested on June 3 on charges stemming from two incidents in April and May, when the victim was at school and under Hang’s supervision.
June 2, 2010
Stewart AdamsStewart Adams – Toronto Teacher Charged with Making Child Pornography
Toronto elementary teacher, Stewart Adams, was arrested on June 1 at Kingsview Village Junior School. Adams is charged with possessing child pornography, making child pornography, making available child pornography and accessing child pornography. The charges come after an undercover police sting that found the explicit images of boys ranging from five to 12 years of age. Adams has been at the school for 11 years and has also worked at Park Lawn Junior Middle School, Wellesworth Junior School and Lanor Junior Middle School in Toronto.
If you have a complaint against Stewart Adams, please contact us. We can help.
May 31, 2010
Constable Justin Maguire – Port Credit OPP officer charged with sexual assault
Constable Justin Maguire
OPP Constable Justin Maguire is charged with Sexual Assault. The Port Credit police officer is accused of sexually assaulting a 24-year-old woman on December 21, 2009 after she was stopped for driving infractions. During her interaction with the officer, the woman alleged she was sexually abused. Constable Maguire is scheduled to appear in court, June 28, 2010.
If you have a complaint against Constable Maguire, or have survived sexual abuse by a member of the police, please contact us. We can help.
May 8, 2010
Father Donald Grecco
St Catharines area priest, Donald Grecco, has pleaded guilty to sexually molesting three former altar boys between 1978 and 1986 while a parish priest in Cayuga and, later, in Welland. He is to be sentenced on June 3. The charges, first laid in the fall of 2008, came shortly after Bishop James Wingle was installed as head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Catharines. Wingle resigned two weeks after Grecco pleaded guilty.
If you have charges against Father Donald Grecco, please contact us. We can help.
May 7, 2010
Jonathan Summerhayes – Five Charges Against Swim Coach
Jonathan Summerhayes, a Toronto District School Board swim coach has been charged with five sex-related offences in connection with a 12-year-old boy. Toronto Police allege that the youth was sexually assaulted at Carlton Village Public School in April 2009. The charges laid against Summerhayes include sexual assault, sexual exploitation and sexual interference. The accused has been a swim coach in Toronto since 1995 and is currently a coach at Allenby Junior Public School.
Police believe there may be other victims. If you have a complaint against Jonathan Summerhayes, please contact us. We can help.
April 28, 2010
Timothy Dingwall – Teacher Charged with sexual exploitation
The Toronto Star reported that Timothy Dingwall, a teacher at Harbord Collegiate Institute in Toronto, has been charged with sexual exploitation after allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old girl.
Dingwall was removed from the school “sometime last week” and placed on home assignment, said a spokeswoman for the Toronto District School Board. She added that, “Until someone is found guilty of charges we wouldn’t make a decision of that person’s employment.”
Toronto Police Constable Isabelle Cotton said Mr. Dingwall is out of custody and will appear in court June 10.
If you have a complaint against Timothy Dingwall, or have survived sexual abuse by a teacher, contact us. We can help.
April 19, 2010
Father Godwin Scerri
Fr Godwin Scerri Charged with Sexual Assault
Ontario police have reopened a case against Fr Godwin Scerri, pertaining to a 1993 abuse scandal. The Catholic priest faces sexual assault and gross indecency charges pertaining to child sexual abuse in Windsor, Ontario, between 1983 and 1987. New allegations have recently come to light against Fr Scerri.
Canadian police hope to extradite Fr Scerri from Malta, where he and two other members of Catholic clergy face abuse charges. The seven-year court case involves the alleged sexual abuse of 10 former orphans under the care of the Catholic Church. Alleged abuse victim, former orphan, Lawrence Grech wrote to the Vatican requesting a papal apology this weekend.
If you have been a victim of sexual abuse in Catholic Church or have information regarding the charges against Fr Godwin Scerri, please contact us. We can help.
April 04, 2010
Robert Bridgeman of Pickering Arrested
Police arrested Ontario sex offender, Robert Bridgeman of Pickering, in Niagara Falls on Saturday. Bridgeman is charged with luring a child and sexual interference. Bridgeman worked as a teacher and football coach at high schools in London and Pickering before he was arrested and charged with sex crimes in 2002. Based on the testimonies of previous sexual assault victims, Bridgeman was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in jail for sexual abuse. Bridgeman remains in custody until a Wednesday bail hearing.
If you have a complaint against Robert Bridgeman or are a victim of child sexual abuse in Ontario, please contact us. We can help.
March 26, 2010
Jeff Joseph, London ON Teacher Charged
Jeff Joseph, a London, Ontario early childhood educator, faces child sexual assault charges involving more than one child at a daycare where he worked. Charges also included sexual interference and production of child pornography. Joseph has previously been charged with possession of child porn in London, Ontario. According to police, the new charges are in relation to events that occurred last April and May, when Joseph worked at Wellington Preschool Centre in London, Ontario.
If you have a complaint about Jeff Joseph or child pornography in London, Ontario, please contact us – we can help.
March 12, 2010
Dr. George Doodnaught
North York General Hospital anesthetist, Dr. George Doodnaught, has been charged with three cases of sexual assault. Dr. Doodnaught allegedly sexually assaulted patients during surgery while they were under anesthetic. Police are urging any other North York Hospital sexual assault victims to step forward to assist in the investigation regarding these sexual attacks. Dr. Doodnaught appeared in court on March 10, 2010, and was granted bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 1, 2010.
If you have a complaint about North York General Hospital’s Dr. George Doodnaught, please contact us - we can help.
February 17, 2010
Former Canadian Forces head chaplain, Roger Bazin has been charged with buggery, sexual assault and gross indecency. The charges relate to an alleged 1972 sexual attack against a young man. The Roman Catholic chaplain was a young man in the early stages of his career at CFB Borden when the incident is alleged to have occurred at the base. Bazin also served as a representative of the Diocese of Thunder Bay after he left the Forces in 1995.
If you have a complaint against Roger Bazin or have survived sexual assault by a clergy member, contact us. We can help.