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Quarantine screening officer from Hamilton charged with sexual assault and extortion

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Quarantine screening officer from Hamilton charged with sexual assault and extortion

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has arrested and charged a security guard with multiple charges related to a quarantine compliance check in Oakville.

Police say the accused is employed by one of the four private security companies hired and trained by the Public Health Agency of Canada to be designated Screening Officers under the Quarantine Act.

Screening Officers are responsible for visiting travellers’ quarantine locations to establish contact, confirm identify and confirm that travellers are at the place of quarantine they identified upon entry into Canada. This is done to ensure that travellers are complying with the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirements.

Police say an investigation revealed that on February 18, 2021, the accused attended a residence in Oakville to conduct a quarantine compliance check.

The accused informed the victim that they were in violation of the quarantine order and demanded that a fine be paid in cash, according to police.

When the victim declined to pay, she was sexually assaulted by the accused, according to police.

Police say on February 23, 2021, HRPS officers with the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit located and arrested 27-year-old Hemant (full name) of Hamilton.

Police say they will not be disclosing the name of the security company that employs Hemant but can confirm that he has been suspended.

Hemant has been charged with the following sexual assault and extortion, according to police.

Hemant was released from custody pending a court appearance.

As there may be additional victims, police would encourage anyone who may have experienced something similar to contact their local police service (where the offence took place).

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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