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In November 2019, members of the Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit began an investigation following a report of a sexual assault.

As a result of the investigation, Jim FORD, 61-years-old of Central Elgin, was arrested and charged on January 2, 2020, with:

  • Sexual Assault;
  • Sexual Assault on a Person Under 16 with Threats to a Third Person; and with
  • Sexual Interference.

The accused is scheduled for their next court appearance at the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Thomas on March 17, 2020.

This investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Elgin County OPP Crime Unit at 1-888-310-1122. If you are in an immediate need of police assistance, please dial 9-1-1.

Victims of sexual assault are not alone. If you or someone you know is in need of support, local resources are available to help. Please call Victim Services Elgin at 519-631-3182 or email at