Police in Napanee, Ont. have charged a 61-year-old man from Loyalist Township with 17 counts of indecent assault and assault causing bodily harm.

Gerald Leslie Sweet made a brief appearance in court Thursday. He was released on bail with a list of conditions.

The Ontario Provincial Police say charges were laid after five women came forward.

At the time of the alleged assaults they ranged in age from four years old to 17 years old. Police say the events are reported to have happened in Kingston and nearby Loyalist Township between 1966 and 1978.

Sweet will be back in a Napanee courtroom November 28.