Police believe there are further victims after Peterborough massage therapist charged with sexual assault

60-year-old man charged after two separate reports of incidents at local spa

Peterborough Police Service headquarters on Water Street in Peterborough. (Photo: Pat Trudeau)
Peterborough Police Service headquarters on Water Street in Peterborough. (Photo: Pat Trudeau)

Peterborough police believe there are further victims in an ongoing investigation involving two separate incidents of sexual assault at a local spa.

A media release states that, in the first incident, the victim visited a Peterborough spa for a massage appointment on December 9, 2019. The victim reported to police that the accused, who was employed as a registered massage therapist at the time, sexually assaulted the victim.

As a result of an investigation, officers attended a Peterborough residence the next day where they arrested Gerard Sylvester Rodrigues, 60, of Parkhill Road West and charged him with sexual assault.

Since the initial charge, an additional victim has come forward.

On December 12, 2019, it was reported to police that, during a massage appointment on December 6, 2019 at the same local spa, the victim was sexually assaulted and assaulted by the accused.

As a result of that further investigation, on Monday (January 6) police charged Rodrigues with an additional count of sexual assault and a count of assault. On the same day, the accused appeared in court, was released from custody, and is scheduled to appear again in court on Thursday (January 9).

Police have not released the name of the spa where the incidents took place.

This investigation is ongoing and police believe there are further victims. Anyone with information is asked to call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122 ext. 261, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or visit the Crime Stoppers website at stopcrimehere.ca.

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