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Erin, Ont., man charged in child sex abuse investigation

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More than 22 counts of child sex abuse were laid by OPP last week after five people were arrested in Ontario.

Wellington County OPP say a 60-year-old man has been charged in connection to a child sexual abuse investigation that goes back over a decade.

Police launched their investigation earlier this month into allegations regarding incidents in Erin, Ont., and Centre Wellington, Ont., between 2007 and 2014.

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OPP said the accused and the victim, who was a minor at the time, knew each other.

Steven Brook of Erin, Ont., faces several charges, including sexual assault on a person under 16, possession of child pornography and making explicit material available to a person under 14.

He’s also charged with counselling suicide, which the Criminal Code of Canada defines as encouraging or helping someone take their own life.

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OPP confirmed that the victim is alive and the charge can be laid even if the victim does not take their own life.

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Brook will make a court appearance on Sept. 29.

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Anyone who has information about the investigation is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Anonymous tips can be left with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Police are also reminding victims of sexual assault that there is support available through Victim Services of Wellington County. They can be reached at 519-824-1212 ext. 7304.

 If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.

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Are you or someone you know experiencing abuse? Visit the Department of Justice’s Victim Services Directory for a list of support services in your area.

Women, trans and non-binary people can find an additional list of resources here.