**** HRP Media Release
Halifax man faces additional 64 charges in relation to historical sexual assaults
Investigators with the Special Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigative Division have laid additional charges against a man in relation to multiple historical sexual assaults that occurred in the 1970s and 80s.
Investigators have charged Michael Patrick McNutt, 66, with 64 sexual assault-related offences including 21 counts of gross indecency, 16 counts of sexual assault and 13 counts of indecent assault. The 20 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. All of the offences occurred throughout the Halifax region with the exception of two incidents that occurred in other areas of the province. We are not releasing any further details to protect the identity of the victims.
McNutt was arrested at Halifax Regional Police Headquarters on Gottingen Street this morning. He was released and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.
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. On January 23, 2019, investigators arrested McNutt without incident at an address in Halifax. He was charged with 14 counts of gross indecency and 13 counts of indecent assault in relation to 13 victims.
The investigation is ongoing. Investigators believe there may be other victims and encourage them to contact police. We 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.