ISLE MADAME: A man facing sexual assault charges dating back to the 1960s, involving children as young as four, will be in court later this month to answer to 12 charges involving nine alleged victims.
On May 9, Richmond District RCMP announced it completed an eight-month investigation into allegations of sexual assault against 90-year-old Delmore Boudreau, of Petit de Grat.
Nova Scotia RCMP Media Relations Officer, Cpl. Jennifer Clarke, said an investigation was initiated after a victim came forward to police in September, 2017.
As the investigation progressed, the RCMP said a total of nine victims were identified with some coming forward on their own, and others after being approached by police. As a result, 12 charges involving sexual offences were laid by the RCMP. The victims were between the ages of four and 12 at the time of the offences, which occurred between 1966 and 1986 on Isle Madame, the RCMP confirmed.
“It was a detailed investigation and involved working with other police agencies, as some of the victims do not reside in the area,” Cpl. Clarke noted. “These are serious allegations, and like any time police lay a charge, it is important to ensure all pertinent details are included. This takes time, and we feel we have done a thorough job. We would like to thank the victims in this case for their patience, as we realize it has been a difficult process for them.”
Although, the RCMP do not expect to lay more charges against Boudreau at this time, Cpl. Clarke added that was a possibility if more victims come forward.
“If more victims come forward, we will conduct further investigation to determine whether charges are applicable,” Cpl. Clarke said.
Anyone who has more information about these offences is asked to contact the RCMP in West Arichat at 902-226-2533.
Boudreau is scheduled to appear in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court on May 28.