(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Yesterday, in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom, 35-year-old Timothy Perreault had a bail hearing and as a result of that hearing, he was granted release from jail. His co-accused, Walter Bannon (not the Fort William First Nation councillor) was previously released.
We reported on Perreault back on July 14th, 2019, when he was first arrested on allegations of Human Trafficking and related criminal charges. We have that article posted at the end of this one for your convenience.
Perreault’s case is covered by expansive publication bans which limits what we can tell you about the incident. Below is what he is charged with:
- Assault causing bodily harm.
- Exercise control over a woman for the purpose of exploiting that woman and advertising her for sexual services (Human Trafficking).
- Receive financial benefit knowing that it resulted from the commission of an offence, to wit, human trafficking.
- Did withhold identification documents belonging to the woman for the purpose of committing an offence.
- Administer a noxious substance to the woman with intent to aggrieve (unknown drugs).
Perreault was released from jail on a $600 non-deposit recognizance bail plan with a surety. He will be living in the 700 block of Northern Avenue with his surety. His release conditions are:
- Reside with your surety in the 700 block of Northern Avenue.
- Remain in your residence daily between the hours of 7:00 pm and 7:00 am, except for medical emergencies or in the presence of your surety.
- Do not contact or communicate in anyway with the alleged victim either directly or indirectly, by any physical, electronic or other means.
- Do not be within 200 meters of any place you know the alleged victim to live, work, go to school, frequent or any place you know the person to be except for court appearances.
- Do not contact or communicate with co-accused Walter Bannon except in the presence of legal counsel for the purpose of preparing a defence.
- Do not possess any weapons as defined by the Criminal Code.
- Do not possess or consume any alcohol or drugs unless with a valid prescription in your name.
- Do not possess any weigh scales, hydroponic growing equipment or other drug paraphernalia.
Perreault walked free out of the Thunder Bay Courthouse and is scheduled to return to court in January to continue answering to the charges laid on him.
HISTORY article dated july 14th, 2019
(THUNDER BAY, ON) – The Thunder Bay Police Service has made an arrest following a lengthy investigation into allegations surrounding forced human trafficking in Thunder Bay.
Appearing in a Thunder Bay bail court this morning by video from the TBPS station is 35-year-old Timothy Perreault. Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Jennifer Neill was presiding along with Crown Attorney Pasloski and a duty counsel lawyer.
Perreault is facing the following criminal charges:
- Assault causing bodily harm.
- Exercise control over a person for a sexual purpose. (Similar to kidnapping)
- Financial benefit from human trafficking activities.
- Withhold identification documents.
- Administer a noxious substance.
Perreault was denied bail today and is scheduled to appear in a Thunder Bay courtroom on Monday to begin the process of answering to the allegations laid against him. Sources indicate that a second person involved in this incident may still be at large in the community.
Forced human trafficking has been an ongoing issue in Thunder Bay and the region. Women will often loan drugs from drug dealers and once they are in debt beyond what they can mange, they are essentially forced into the sex trade to pay back their debts.