Youth ministry worker facing sex-related charges: OPP
The Maitland River Community Church in Wingham, Ont. is seen Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (Scott Miller / CTV News)
LONDON, ONT. -- A youth ministry director from Wingham, Ont. is facing a number of sexual assault and sexual exploitation charges.
Huron County OPP say 29-year-old Simon Chiarello was arrested by members of the East Algoma detachment on Thursday.
CTV News has learned that the man worked at the Wingham Youth for Christ Youth Unlimited Centre and was also the youth ministry director at the Maitland River Community Church.
He faces seven counts of sexual assault and seven counts of sexual exploitation.
According to investigators the charges stem from incidents alleged to have taken place this year involving a teenage victim.
Provincial police say the accused remains in custody with a future court date at the Ontario Court of Justice in Goderich.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.
OPP Const. Jamie Stanley says there may be other victims in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Police are reminding the public that victims of sexual assault are not alone, and anyone in need of support can reach out to organizations like Victim Services of Huron County at 519-600-4108.
- With files from CTV's Scott Miller and Gerry Dewan