Man charged with Sexual assault; Police seeking other victims

Posted On Friday November 26, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, November 26th, 2021     2:40 pm

(Ottawa) — The Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse (SACA) Section has charged a man following investigations into allegations of sexual assault involving sex trade workers.

At approximately 3:00am this morning, a woman called 911 stating that she had just been sexually assaulted by an unknown man near the intersection of Montreal and Carson Road Roads.  Frontline patrol officers quickly responded and were able to locate an arrest the Suspect.

SACA Investigators were able to link this suspect to two previous Sexual Assaults in which he used similar modus operandi to attack and sexually assault sex trade workers.  All of these incidents occurred in the East end of the City since the beginning of October of this year.

Ricardo DURET, 22 years old, of Ottawa was charged with:

Sexual Assault with a Weapon x2

  • Sexual Assault by Choking x2
  • Assault with a Weapon
  • Forcible Confinement
  • Harassment by Threatening Conduct
  • Personating a Peace Officer

He is described as a Black man, 5’11” (180cm), muscular build, 229lbs (104kg), with short curly black hair, brown eyes and a black full beard.

He is scheduled to appear in court later today.

Investigators are concerned that there may be more victims. In several incidents, DURET had falsely identified himself as a member of Law Enforcement.

Community supports and resources are available to victims by contacting the Ottawa Police Victim Support Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 2223.

SACA Investigators will respect a victim’s wish to pursue or not pursue an investigation. Regardless, the reporting of incidents of violence against women to police is key in identifying suspects and determining crime trends.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.

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