A Barrie man has been charged with 12 counts of sexual assault in an ongoing police investigation.
And Toronto police believe there may be some more victims.
It’s alleged between March 2011 and March 2015, a man working in an office in the Lesmill Road and York Mills Road area, sexually assaulted three women.
51 year old Donald Ford, an OPSEU employee, appeared in court earlier this week on those charges.
Union President, Warren “Smokey” Thomas, has told Global News, the victims came forward earlier this year with complaints about unwanted behaviour. Ford was then suspended with pay, and an outside investigator was brought in and Ford’s employment was terminated.
Thomas is encouraging other victims to come forward. “We will provide any and all supports that you need.”
He also released a statement Thursday morning:
“This is to confirm that Mr. Don Ford was a long-term employee in the Communications Division with OPSEU. We first learned of allegations of inappropriate conduct by Mr. Ford in late spring of this year. At that time, Mr. Ford was immediately removed from the workplace and suspended. His employment with OPSEU has since been terminated following an internal investigation.
Very recently, we learned that the Toronto Police Service has initiated charges against him.
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union does not tolerate any kind of sexual harassment or violence in the workplace. OPSEU has cooperated fully with the authorities, and will continue to do so.
All of our employees have and will continue to be offered the appropriate supports as needed or requested.
Given that this matter is the subject of a police investigation, and is appropriately before the courts, we will be making no further comment.”