In November of 2019, detectives with the Niagara Regional Police Sexual Assault Unit (SAU) began an investigation into allegations of a historic sexual assault.


Police say the investigation has revealed that between 2009 – 2011 a male under the age of 16 was allegedly sexually assaulted in Welland by an adult male.

On Wednesday March 11, 2020 detectives arrested a 64-year-old male as a result of this investigation and 64-year-old Gerard Thibault of the City of Port Colborne is facing the alleged charges of three counts of sexual assault and three counts of sexual interference.

Thibault is currently being held in custody pending a bail hearing on Thursday March 12, 2020 at the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse in the City of St. Catharines.

Through the course of the investigation, detectives have reason to believe that members of the public may have further information in relation to the alleged offences and ask them to contact detectives at (905) 688-4111, dial option 3, Badge # 9359.

Thibault has not been tried as of yet and is presumed innocent until convicted by a court.

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