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Charges continue to mount for Lively resident in connection with sex assault investigation

Michael Laplante arrested Dec. 28

Charges continue to mount for a 29-year-old Lively man in connection with a sexual assault investigation that started Dec. 28.

Provincial police said Michael Laplante is now charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, using an imitation firearm while committing an offence, carrying a concealed weapon, invitation of sexual touching under 16 years of age and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.

Laplante will answer to those charges on Jan. 13.

There are three victims in this case, said the Ontario Provincial Police.

On Dec. 28, at about 11:55 p.m., officers responded to a report of someone who had sexually assaulted and threatened several people at a home on West Branch Road in Massey.

Police attended the location and arrested Laplante, who is charged with sexual assault of a person under the age of 16, as well as two counts of sexual interference, three counts of forcible confinement and assault with a weapon.

On Jan. 3, he was further charged with three counts of kidnapping and three counts of committing an indecent act in public.