Cobourg Community Centre employee charged with sexual assault; police believe they may be other victims

Michael Dale Orleck, 27, of Hamilton Township also faces charges of mischief and criminal harassment

27-year-old Michael Dale Orleck, who worked at the Cobourg Community Centre, has been charged with sexual assault, mischief to property under $5,000, and criminal harrassment. Cobourg police have released his photo as they believe there may be other victims. (Police-supplied photo)
27-year-old Michael Dale Orleck, who worked at the Cobourg Community Centre, has been charged with sexual assault, mischief to property under $5,000, and criminal harrassment. Cobourg police have released his photo as they believe there may be other victims. (Police-supplied photo)

Cobourg police have released the name of a Town of Cobourg employee who was arrested on Saturday (September 11) and have provided details of the charges against him.

Michael Dale Orleck, 27, of Hamilton Township has been charged with sexual assault, mischief to property under $5,000, and criminal harassment.

Police arrested Orleck on Saturday but say they did not release his name at the time “to protect the integrity of the investigation and ensure the victim’s privacy,” according to a media release.

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However, the investigation has revealed information suggesting there may be other victims, and police have released Orleck’s photo.

Police are encouraging anyone who feels they may have been a victim of a sexual assault, which includes any non-consensual contact of a sexual nature, to come forward and report the incident to police. There is no statute of limitations for sexual offences, and offenders can be prosecuted well after the date of the offence.

Police say Orleck worked at the Cobourg Community Centre but have not indicated his position there, or whether any of the allegations against him occurred while he was on the job. Police say he is prohibited from being at the arena until the conclusion of the court proceedings.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective Sergeant John Linney at 905-372-6821 ext. 2229 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at stopcrimehere.ca.

Orleck was released from custody with strict conditions and will be in court at an unspecified date in October.