A second complainant alleges that she was assaulted by Sherbrooke police officer Samuel Ducharme, according to what TVA Nouvelles learned.
Investigators from the Bureau of Independent Investigations (BEI) reportedly submitted an investigation file to the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) in connection with this new complaint.
Samuel Ducharme was arrested on November 4. He is currently facing a sexual assault charge. The alleged facts relating to this charge allegedly occurred in August 2021, while he was in office.
According to information from TVA Nouvelles, a second complaint would have led the BEI to open another investigation. This file would have been handed over to the DPCP, whose role is to determine whether or not there are grounds to file charges.
This second complaint would be based on allegations of acts of a sexual nature, which would have taken place a few years ago.
The BEI and the DPCP did not comment on this information.
Trial in November
Regarding the events that allegedly took place in August 2021, the trial has been set for November 7, 2022 for an estimated duration of three days. Until now represented by Me Dénis Gallant, it will now be Me Ariane Bergeron St-Onge who will take charge of the defense of the former spokesperson for the Service de police de Sherbrooke.
The police officer is suspended with pay for the time of the legal proceedings.