11 new charges against Ottawa police officer accused of sex assault, uttering threats
Ottawa police have laid an additional 11 criminal charges against a suspended officer in connection with accusations made by three more victims.
Const. Eric Post, 47, was first charged with 21 criminal offences – including sexual assault, intimidation, uttering threats, and pointing a firearm – on Sept. 19. The charges stemmed from allegations reported to police by four women.
Police then announced on Thursday afternoon that three additional women came forward with accusations against Post, resulting in 11 fresh charges.
The new alleged offences include assault, assault with a weapon, two counts of criminal harassment, forcible confinement and six counts of breach of trust by an official, bringing the total number of charges laid against Post to 32.
Post, who has been suspended from duty since June 13, appeared in court via video on the 11 additional charges on Friday afternoon.
Last week, a court-ordered publication ban was imposed in this case that prevents both the reporting of the initial four complainants’ names and any information that may identify them. The judge on Friday extended the publication ban to the three new complainants.
The court has prohibited Post from contacting all seven individuals who have accused him.
He remains in custody at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre and is next scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 1.
Sexual assault and child abuse investigators at the Ottawa Police Service say they are still concerned there could be other victims in this case.
Anyone with information is asked to call 613-236-1222, ext. 5760 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips can also be submitted anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers, toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by downloading the Ottawa police app.
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