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Rick Despatie: Ottawa teacher charged with 45 new sex crimes

May 26, 2021

Rick Watkins (Rick Despatie)

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CBC reported that Rick Watkins a.k.a Rick Despatie an Ottawa Catholic School Board teacher who was already charged with three counts each of sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation involving children is now facing new charges involving 14 youth under the age of 14. Rick Watkins is now facing 45 additional charges, including 13 counts of sexual assault, 13 counts of sexual interference, 11 counts of criminal harassment, six counts of voyeurism, one count of assault and one count of assault with a weapon.

He is now facing a total of 54 charges dating back to 2004 in connection with 16 alleged victims under 14 years.

Watkins is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Police continue to appeal for information about his conduct and ask people to call the Ottawa Police Service sexual assault and child abuse unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5944.

If you have a complaint against Rick Watkins a.k.a Rick Despatie or are a victim of sexual assault in Ontario, please contact us. We can help.