Ontario man who allegedly tried to force child victim to drop sexual assault case hit with more charges

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Published March 13, 2024 at 4:17 pm

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An eastern Ontario man already facing historic sexual assault charges against a child has been arrested once more after allegedly attempting to intimidate the victim into dropping the charges.

Garry Fisher, 60, from Lansdowne (between Kingston and Brockville), was charged with 23 offences, including sexual assault, sexual interference with a child, possession of child pornography, criminal harassment, indecent communication and six counts each of uttering threats and failing to comply with his release order.

Durham Police say the accused began to contact the victim while on a no-contact order and attempted to intimidate her into dropping charges laid earlier this year from alleged incidents that occurred between 2013 and 2015 when Fisher was living in Stormont Township and Bowmanville.

Fisher had been charged by the OPP with sexual assault of a child and luring a person under 16 by means of telecommunication and extortion, among other offences.

The victim came forward with the new allegations this month, with Durham Police launching a secondary investigation after she detailed another alleged sexual assault by the suspect.

On Tuesday, East Division Criminal Investigations officers, with assistance from members of the Internet and Child Exploitation Unit and E-Crimes Unit, attended a home in Lansdowne with a search warrant. Fisher was found inside and taken into custody without incident.

Numerous electronics were also seized.

Investigators have concerns there may be more victims and are appealing to anyone who has been victimized by the accused or has any information about this or similar incidents to contact D/Cst. Tourloukis of the East Division Criminal Investigations Branch at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 1649.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.

The accused, who is already scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cornwall on March 21, was held for a bail hearing.

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