A 54-year-old man has been charged in connection to a child abuse case that spanned a six-year period at a Winnipeg movie theatre.

Terrence James Stannard was recently arrested in Saskatoon and transferred to Winnipeg to face the charges.

He is alleged to have repeatedly sexually assaulted two boys at a Cinema City movie theatre on McPhillips Street between 2002 and 2008 when he was a general manager at the location.

Terry Stannard

Former Cinema City Northgate Plaza manager Terry Stannard is seen in this 1998 photo. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Winnipeg police issued a warrant for his arrest after investigating reports by two men, who are now 23 and 24 years old.

The men claimed they had been hired by a man to work at the theatre and they were initially paid "under the table" due to being only 13 at the time. Later, they were added to the payroll when they turned the legal working age.

Sources tell CBC the man allegedly provided the boys with liquor, candy and watched pornography with them.

“My understanding is originally, they were just kids at the mall, and this fellow began talking to them and then offered them employment under the table and then again officially later,” Winnipeg police Const. Eric Hofley said Friday.

The incidents were not reported to police until June of this year.

Stannard was arrested on Wednesday in Saskatoon, where he was living.

He has been charged with two counts of sexual exploitation, two counts of sexual assault and two counts of invitation to sexual touching.