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Ottawa 22-year-old facing sex assault charges, police urging other victims to come forward

In several incidents, police say the suspect falsely identified himself as a member of law enforcement.
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Ottawa Police Service headquarters. Mike Vlasveld/ OttawaMatters

The Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse (SACA) Section is laying charges after an investigations into allegations of sexual assault involving sex trade workers.

A woman called 911 around 3 a.m. on Friday, November 26, and told police that she had just been sexually assaulted by an unknown man near the intersection of Montreal Road and Carson Road.  

Officers responded and were able to make an arrest.

SACA investigators were able to link the suspect to two previous sexual assaults in which he used similar methods to attack and sexually assault sex trade workers and they are concerned that there could be more victims. In several incidents, police say the suspect falsely identified himself as a member of law enforcement.

Police say the incidents they've linked to the suspect date back to early October and all happened on the east side of the city.

Ricardo Duret, 22, of Ottawa, has been charged with:

  • Sexual Assault with a Weapon (two counts)
  • Sexual Assault by Choking (two counts)
  • Assault with a Weapon
  • Forcible Confinement
  • Harassment by Threatening Conduct
  • Impersonating a Peace Officer

He is described as:

  • Black
  • 5' 11'' (180 cm)
  • Muscular build
  • 229 lbs (104 kg)
  • Short curly black hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Black full beard

He is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

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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