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Former Kenora area OPP officer charged with sexual assault

Postby Thomas » Sat Nov 28, 2015 12:42 pm

Provincial police said Friday that 56-year-old Eli Mandamin of Shoal Lake First Nation has been charged with rape and sexual intercourse with a female between the ages of 14 and 16.

The charges stem from an alleged incident that occurred between 1975-1977 when Mandamin was a First Nation constable with the OPP in the community of Iskatewizaagegan (Shoal Lake #39).

Mandamin was arrested on Thursday as a result of an ongoing investigation and is to appear Kenora court on Dec. 17. None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122; or Crime Stoppers, 1-800-222-8477.

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Allegations against Eli Mandamin, former OPP off officer

Postby Thomas » Sat Nov 28, 2015 12:50 pm

Eli Mandamin faces sex assault charges in relation to 1970s incident at Shoal Lake 39 First Nation

New allegations come forward against Eli Mandamin, former OPP officer

A Kenora area man is facing more historical sexual assault charges.

OPP charged 56-year-old Eli Mandamin on Thursday, following an investigation into an incident from the 1970s. The charges stem from an incident between 1975 and 1977 which occurred when Mandamin was a First Nation Constable with the OPP in the community of Iskatewizaagegan, also known as Shoal Lake 39.

Based on the Criminal Code at the time, Mandamin has been charged with Rape and Sexual Intercourse with a Female between 14 and 16 years old.

He is to appear in court on Dec. 17.

Yesterday's charges follow two similar ones laid against Eli Mandamin in May. Those charges stem from an incident in 1981, also while he was working with the OPP in the community.

Mandamin is also a former chief of Iskatewizaagegan First Nation.

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Former constable charged with rape for incident dating back

Postby Thomas » Sat Nov 28, 2015 12:51 pm

Former constable charged with rape for incident dating back to '70s

(KENORA, ON) – As a result of an ongoing investigation, on November 26, 2015, members of the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Northwest Region Crime Unit have charged 56-year old Eli MANDAMIN of Shoal Lake First Nation with two sexual related offences contrary to the 1977 Criminal Code:

• Rape, contrary to Section 143 CC
• Sexual Intercourse with a female between 14 and 16, contrary to Section 146.2 CC.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred between 1975-1977 when the accused was a First Nation Constable for the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in the community of Iskatewizaagegan (Shoal Lake #39).

The accused was arrested and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Kenora on December 17, 2015.

Anyone with information in relation to this investigation is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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Former First Nation Officer Charged In Rape

Postby Thomas » Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:06 am

(KENORA, ON) – As a result of an on-going investigation, on November 26, the OPP in Kenora charged Eli Mandamin, 56, of Shoal Lake First Nation, with two sexually related offences of rape and sexual intercourse with a female between 14 and 16.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred between 1975 and 1977, when the accused was a First Nation Constable for the OPP in the community of Iskatewizaagegan (Shoal Lake #39).

Mandamin was arrested and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice, in Kenora, on December 17.

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Former Chief and First Nation OPP Officier appears in court

Postby Thomas » Sat Dec 19, 2015 4:02 am

Eli Mandamin appeared in a Kenora courtroom on Thursday, Dec. 17.

Mandamin, a former chief of Iskatewizaagegan First Nation (Shoal Lake 39) and First Nation Constable for the Ontario Provincial Police, is facing two separate sets of sexual assault charges stemming from alleged incidents more than 30 years ago.

Mandamin, 56, was charged with rape and sexual intercourse with a female between 14 and 16-years-old on Nov. 26 as a result of an ongoing investigation by the OPP Northwest Region Crime Unit.

The charges originate from an incident that allegedly occurred between 1975-1977 when the accused was still a First Nation Constable for the OPP in Iskatewizaagegan.

Manadamin was also charged in May on the same two counts stemming from a separate incident alleged to have occurred in the community in March 1981 while he was still with the OPP.

On Thursday, Mandamin was read his charges and scheduled to appear back in court on is Jan. 28, 2016.

He has yet to enter a plea.

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No decision yet on sentence for former chief after convictio

Postby Thomas » Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:27 pm

Pauline Fair has been waiting years for justice. Now she has to wait even longer.

“If I have to come back to see him put him handcuffs, I will,” Fair said Tuesday outside the sentencing hearing of the man who sexually assaulted her.

“That’s how my life has been – in handcuffs.”

Ontario Superior Court Justice John Fregeau reserved his decision on sentencing former Iskatewizaagegan (Shoal Lake 39) First Nation chief and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer Eli Mandamin without setting a new court date.

That means the suicidal thoughts Fair said she has been living with since 1981 will continue to haunt her.

As will post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and dependence on alcohol, she stated in her victim impact statement.

Mandamin, who sat in the prisoner’s dock clutching an eagle feather, pleaded guilty on Feb. 26, 2018, to sexually assaulting Fair when she was 14 and he was 22.

The Crown withdrew the rape charge after the plea.

Mandamin’s lawyer Robin Parker told a full-day sentencing hearing in Kenora, Ont., she thinks a two-year prison term is a suitable penalty for the 37-year-old crime. She said her client wants to serve his time at a federal healing lodge.

Crown attorney Peter Williams asked for a three-year prison term.

Williams said Fair was a virgin when she blacked out and awoke to Mandamin having sex with her in the band’s detachment – after he took her into custody for public drunkenness. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son.

Fair was “a child,” Williams told Ontario Superior Court Justice John Fregeau, who has had thoughts of “suicide every day since 1981.”

It was after her son was murdered in 2008 that Fair, who waived the usual publication ban imposed on victims’ names, swore a criminal complaint against her abuser.

The OPP charged him in 2015.

But she is still waiting for the case to end.

Fair said the crime “ruined her life” and told APTN News it was very difficult to prosecute the former chief, who has held a number of high-profile positions within Treaty 3 in northwestern Ontario and the Assembly of First Nations.

She said the recent #metoo movement of outing abusers publicly was helping victims take on predators in authority.

Fair is also suing the OPP in civil court for failing to protect her.

Meanwhile, Parker said Mandamin was a victim, too.

The Gladue report, which helps a judge sentence an Indigenous offender, was sealed at the defence’s request, but Parker said it showed her client suffered from trauma.

She noted he was abandoned by his mother, sexually abused as a child, and attended Indian residential school, which set up his life-long addiction to alcohol.

She said he drank on the job while policing and struggled to remain sober for extended periods throughout his life.

She said Mandamin’s mother lived on the streets of Kenora, died in a police holding cell and was later the subject of an inquest that he attended.

This is “not an excuse for what happened but an explanation,” Parker added, noting Mandamin pleading guilty “would be of some benefit” in Fair’s civil case.

In 1981, when the crime occurred, the maximum punishment for having sex with a minor was five years in prison.

Meanwhile, Mandamin remains in custody on unrelated allegations.

He was arrested in Thunder Bay Feb. 6 and charged with assault and breach of recognizance. A publication ban was imposed on details of the charges.

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Former Shoal Lake 39 chief sentenced over historical sex cri

Postby Thomas » Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:53 am

A former chief of Shoal Lake 39 First Nation has been sentenced for a historical sex crime.

Eli Mandamin had pleaded guilty in 2018 to having sexual intercourse with a female between the ages of 14 and 16. The charges reflected the criminal code at the time of the offence in 1981.

Mandamin was sentenced to three years in prison. Additionally, he will be registered as a sex offender for 10 years and must submit a DNA sample.

Ontario Provincial Police had also charged Mandamin with rape over the same incident, which occurred when he was a First Nation constable with the OPP in Shoal Lake 39, located about 50 kilometres west of Kenora, Ont.

That charge was withdrawn when Mandamin pleaded guilty.

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