(HURON COUNTY, ON) - A recent investigation conducted by members of the Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit has resulted in sexual assault and other sex-related offences being laid against a Youth Ministry Director from Wingham.
The charges stem from incidents that have taken place this year against a teen-aged victim. The accused works as a Youth Ministry Director for a church in Wingham, in addition, he is a Youth Director for a faith-based youth program in Wingham.
Huron County OPP has charged 29-year-old Simon CHIARELLO, from Wingham with the following offences:
Sexual Assault - Seven Counts
Sexual Exploitation - Seven Counts
The accused was arrested on September 10, 2020 by members of the East Algoma OPP Detachment. He remains in custody with a future court date at the Ontario Court of Justice - Goderich.
Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 482-1677.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.
Victims of sexual assault are not alone. If you or someone you know is in need of support, there are local resources available to help. One such resource is Victim Services of Huron County they can be reached at (519) 600-4108.
If you are in immediate need of police, call 9-1-1.