Investigators with the Special Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigative Division have charged a man in relation to multiple historical sexual assaults that occurred throughout the Halifax region.
Police began an investigation in October 2016 after several victims came forward to report historical sexual assaults that occurred in the 1970s and 80s at different locations in the Halifax region.
Investigators arrested 66 year old Michael Patrick McNutt without incident at an address in Halifax at approximately 8 a.m. on January 23. McNutt is facing 14 counts of gross indecency and 13 counts of indecent assault as per the criminal code that was in effect at the time the offences occurred. He is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court today.
The 13 victims were youths at the time of the offences and McNutt was in a position of trust in relation to the victims, as a teacher and/or volunteer coach. We are not releasing any further details to protect the identity of the victims.
The investigation is ongoing and investigators anticipate laying additional charges. They believe there may be other victims and encourage them to contact police. They want victims to know they will not be judged, and will be treated with compassion, dignity and respect throughout the entire investigative process.
Sexual assault investigations are complex. As part of our victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to sexualized violence, we work closely with victims to ensure they’re willing to proceed with a police investigation. Police must also ensure the victim’s privacy is upheld and well-being is fully considered.
Source : Media Release