Investigators lay additional charges in investigation into historical sexual assaults

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Investigators lay additional charges in investigation into historical sexual assaults

Investigators with the Special Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigative Division have laid additional charges in relation to an investigation into multiple historical sexual assaults that occurred in the 1970s and 80s.

On December 17, 2019, investigators charged Jaddus Joseph Poirier, 77, of Halifax with one count each of gross indecency and indecent assault in relation to one victim. Poirier was arrested at a residence in Halifax and was released to appear in court on January 23, 2020.

On November 14, 2019, investigators charged Michael Patrick McNutt, 66, of Halifax, with one count of indecent assault, one count of sexual assault and two counts of gross indecency in relation to two victims. McNutt was arrested at Halifax Regional Police Headquarters and released 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. Both accused have been previously charged in this investigation. These charges are in relation to new victims and the offences occurred at different locations in the Halifax region. The victims were youths at the time of the offences and McNutt and Poirier were in a position of trust in relation to the victims. We are not releasing any further details to protect the identity of the victims.

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.

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