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Acupuncturist faces 12 more charges including sexual assault, forcible confinement: Guelph police

Twelve more charges of sexual assault have been laid against a Guelph acupuncturist after a significant investigation into his conduct at two clinics.

Long-term investigation has now netted more than 30 charges against man who worked at 2 Ontario clinics

Twelve more charges of sexual assault have been laid against a Guelph acupuncturist after a significant investigation into his conduct at two clinics. (Colin Butler/CBC News)

Twelve more charges of sexual assault have been laid against a Guelph acupuncturist after a significant investigation into his conduct at two clinics.

In October 2017, Guelph Police Service began investigating allegations against a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner.

Later that month, a 58-year-old man was charged with sexual assault for an alleged incident involving a patient.

Since then, police have laid a total of 36 charges against the man, including sexual assault, assault with a weapon and uttering death threats.

All of the charges are related to incidents involving former patients or clients, police said.

On Tuesday, Guelph police said they laid six additional counts of assault, three counts of uttering threats, one count of sexual assault, one count of assault with a weapon and one count of forcible confinement.

Many of the charges related to incidents involving former patients, according to Guelph police.

Officers say the man treated people at the Centre of Integrative Medicine on Guelph's Surrey Street as well as a location in Morriston, Ont. about six years ago.

Guelph police continue to investigate, and said the man may have treated patients who are now living in the Greater Toronto Area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 519-824-1212. Guelph police are reminding the public there is no statute of limitations on crimes of this nature.

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