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Quarantine screening officer charged with sex assault, extortion: Halton cops


A security guard hired to ensure compliance with quarantine requirements in Oakville faces sexual assault and extortion charges.

Halton Regional Police say that on Feb. 18, a guard went to a home in Oakville to do a quarantine compliance check. He allegedly told a woman they were in violation of the quarantine order and then demanded cash for the fine. When she refused to pay, police allege he sexually assaulted her.

Investigators said the accused is an employee of one of four private security companies hired and trained by the Public Health Agency of Canada to be a screening officer under the Quarantine Act.

Screening officers visit travellers’ quarantine locations to establish contact, verify identify and confirm that travellers are at the place of quarantine they identified upon entry into Canada for their mandatory 14-day isolation, police said.

On Tuesday, police officers with the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit made an arrest.

Hemant (full name), 27, of Hamilton, was charged with sexual assault and extortion.

Police said they will not be disclosing the name of the security company he worked for, but can confirm he has been suspended.