KAWARTHA LAKES-A 65-year-old British Columbia man has been charged in connection with a historical sexual assault.
In August 2021, Peterborough Police started an investigation after they received information from a male victim about sexual assaults dating back to the 1980’s.
As a result of the investigation, a Canada Wide Warrant was issued on January 7, 2022. On January 17, 2022, RCMP in British Columbia arrested the accused on the strength of the warrant and Peterborough Police Major Crime detectives brought the accused back to Ontario.
65-year-old Gary Bratty of British Columbia was charged with:
- Sexual Assault
- Indecent Assault on a Male
- Invitation to sexual touching
- Sexual Interference
The accused was held in custody and will appear in court for a bail hearing today, January 20, 2022.
The name of the accused is being released as Peterborough Police have reason to believe there are further victims who have yet to come forward.
Bratty was a professional weightlifter and trained youths throughout the 80’s and 90’s. He was affiliated with Big Brothers of Hamilton in the early 80’s and trained numerous youths in weightlifting during this time throughout the city of Hamilton. Bratty worked in Provincial corrections from 1980 to 1989 in the Toronto, Peterborough, and Ottawa facilities. In 1990 Bratty moved to British Columbia where he resided in the Vancouver and Burnaby areas and coached weightlifting at a university in the lower mainland of BC.
The Peterborough Police are requesting further victims to reach out to the police service where they currently live or Detective Constable L. White of the Peterborough Police at 705-876-1122 x285.