Sexual Assault, Forcible Confinement, Minor Involved


(POPLAR HILL FIRST NATION, ON) – Hardworking officers with the Poplar Hill detachment of the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service have arrested and charged 39-year-old Sandy Owen.

Owen is alleged to have been operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs along with breaching various conditions of a previous bail plan which had him released from jail.


His previous charges, which he was out on bail were of a sexual nature which are covered by a court-ordered publication ban. What we can tell you tho, is that they are sex crimes which involve a youth.

Owen appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom this morning via telephone call while in police custody at the Poplar Hill NAPS detachment. He appeared in front of Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio, Crown Attorney Andrea Mason and a duty counsel representative.

He is facing the following new charges stemming from the incident on November 16th, 2019:

  • Impaired operation.
  • Breaching bail conditions (reside with surety).
  • Breaching bail conditions (abide by rules of residence).
  • Breaching bail conditions (not to be outside his residence with alcohol in his body).

His previous charges are:

  • Breaching bail conditions x2
  • Sexual assault.
  • Sexual interference of a minor.
  • Forcible confinement.

Owen is not granted release today after some courtroom discussions. The Crown stands firm and he is not released. His next court date is Monday in Kenora where he will have another swing at getting released.

He is escorted back into his holding cell at the Poplar Hill NAPS detachment where he will wait until he is transported to the Kenora District Jail.


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