Retired York Regional officer facing more historic sex charges
Posted Feb 3, 2016 12:57 pm EST
A retired York Regional police officer who was charged with sexually assaulting a child last year is now facing additional charges after more alleged victims have come forward.
Donald Clark was initially arrested and charged with sexual assault and sexual interference on November 10, 2015. Police allege he sexually assaulted a child on October 30, 2015.
Since then, police say more alleged victims have come forward saying they were also victimized by Clark.
“Three additional victims were identified in two historical sexual assaults that occurred between 1967 and 1970 and a third in 1996,” police said in a release. “The victims were all under the age of 16 at the time of the offences. The accused interacted with victims prior to becoming a police officer, during his career and following his retirement as an officer.”
Clark is subsequently facing new charges of sexual intercourse with a female under 14, gross indecency, sexual exploitation and sexual assault.
The 65-year-old suspect was a York Regional police officer between 1974 and 2006.
“Since 2007, he has been employed part time, on a retiree contract, as a Fleet Assistant,” police revealed. “His employment contract was terminated following his arrest in November 2015.”
Police have also released photos of Clark during different periods of his life and they’re urging any potential victims to come forward.
“We want the community to know that there is no statute of limitations in investigating a sexual assault,” Const. Laura Nicolle said in a YouTube address.
York Regional police chief Eric Jolliffe issued a statement about Clark’s charges, saying the force is “extremely disappointed that someone who had taken an oath to protect our community is charged with such serious criminal offences.”
You can read the full statement below: