Former OPP officer accused of luring, sexually assaulting children
Published Friday, July 10, 2015 4:53PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 10, 2015 6:46PM EDT
A man who once served as a sworn member of the Ontario Provincial Police appeared in a Stratford court Friday on sexual assault and child luring charges.
John Stone was arrested Wednesday on a lengthy list of charges including sexual assault, sexual interference, child luring, indecent exposure and trafficking crystal meth.
Police allege that he committed those acts to more than one girl under the age of 18 – at least one of whom was younger than 16 – between 2012 and 2015.
Long before that, Stone spent a period of time as an OPP officer himself, working out of eastern Ontario.
“From what I can tell, he resigned from the force and only served five years,” Const. Kees Wijnands said from the police station in Sebringville.
“None of our officers ever worked with him or know him.”
According to a social media profile, Stone was a constable in Hastings County, east of Peterborough, from 1985 to 1991.
In court Friday, the Crown asked for Stone’s bail hearing to continue on Monday, based on potential new evidence and charges.
More charges could be laid at that point, prosecutors suggested.
That request was granted.
When the allegations against Stone were read out loud, the 53-year-old shook his head repeatedly.
A publication ban prevents reporting on details of evidence presented in the courtroom.
All charges laid thus far relate to incidents alleged to have taken place in the Listowel area.