On August 20, Middleton RCMP responded to a complaint that 62-year-old Bradley Crouse was providing illegal drugs to two young males. They commenced an investigation.
On August 30, a man attended Middleton Detachment and told police he had been sexually assaulted by Crouse for a number of years, beginning when he was 15 years old.
On September 1, another man came forward and told police that he had been sexually assaulted by Crouse for a number of years beginning when he was 13 years old.
All of the victims indicated that Crouse provided them with incentives in return for sexual acts. The offences occurred in Middleton and Nictaux Falls and date back to 1974.
Bradley Crouse was arrested by Annapolis District RCMP on September 1 and was remanded until his court appearance on September 4 in Digby Provincial Court. Crouse was released that day on conditions to have no contact with the victims, or anyone under the age of 16 years old.
Crouse is scheduled to appear in Annapolis Royal Provincial Court on October 29. He has been charged with a number of sexual offences, as well as Trafficking, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, and Production of a Controlled Substance.
The RCMP is concerned that there may be more victims given the number of people who have come forward and the length of time that has passed. Annapolis District RCMP is encouraging anyone who is a victim or has information to come forward and contact Cst. Stephanie Wagner at Middleton RCMP: 902-825-2000. Should you wish to remain anonymous call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.
Source : Media Release