Ottawa

South Glengarry mayor charged with sexual assault, child luring

Ontario Provincial Police laid the charges Tuesday against 53-year-old Frank J. Prevost, who serves both as mayor of the Township of South Glengarry, Ont., and the warden of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.

Frank J. Prevost arrested, charged Tuesday following undercover operation

Frank Prevost, the mayor of the Township of South Glengarry, Ont., and warden for the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, was charged Tuesday with three counts of child luring and one count of sexual assault. (United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry)

The mayor of a mostly rural township just outside Cornwall, Ont., has been charged with three counts of child luring and one count of sexual assault.

Ontario Provincial Police announced the charges against 53-year-old Frank J. Prevost, the mayor of South Glengarry, Ont., late Wednesday afternoon.

Prevost, who lives in Cornwall and also serves as the warden for the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, was arrested June 8 following an online undercover investigation, OPP said in a news release.

The sexual assault charge was laid following a separate investigation involving an adult victim, police said. As of Wednesday, Prevost was being held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Warden since 2019

Prevost was acclaimed as South Glengarry's mayor in the township's 2018 election and was named warden for the united counties in December 2019.

Neither the township nor the united counties would comment on Prevost's arrest, though both said in statements on their respective websites that they would be "reviewing the matter shortly to determine appropriate next steps."

Both have council meetings slated for June 21.

now