Convicted sexual offender returns to court Jan. 15

A 56-year-old Chatham man, who recently completed a sentence for sex-related offences, made a brief appearance in a Chatham bail court Tuesday regarding new allegations of sexual offences that include indecent assault and gross indecency.

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A 56-year-old Chatham man, who recently completed a sentence for sex-related offences, made a brief appearance in a Chatham bail court Tuesday regarding new allegations of sexual offences that include indecent assault and gross indecency.

Ronald Inghelbrecht is slated to return to bail court on Jan. 15 to provide time for his lawyer to receive disclosure from the Crown regarding the new charges he faces, which, according to court records, include sexual assault, indecent assault, gross indecency, and bestiality or buggery.

A publication ban has been imposed as the matter goes through bail court.

According to previously published reports, Inghelbrecht, who was convicted in 2012 and sentenced to five years in jail for sexual assault and two years for possession of child pornography, was arrested in early November and charged with multiple historic sexual offences.

Chatham-Kent police had received new information in September, so investigators put a call out to the public to ensure there were no more victims.

“As a result, four people came forward reporting sexual abuse,” police said in a previous media release announcing the current charges.

His previous conviction resulted in Inghelbrecht being handed a lifetime ban from visiting places frequented by children, and he was required to provide a DNA sample.

His name was also added to the sex-offender registry for the rest of his life.

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