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Sexual Assault and Fraud Arrest (Oakville)

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has made an arrest after an investigation into the victimization of an elderly female in Oakville.


The 85 year-old victim initially met the accused 7 years ago when she hired him to complete some maintenance at her home. The accused befriended the victim and eventually convinced her to give him access to her finances.


Two properties were sold and a vehicle was purchased for the accused. The victim was also sexually assaulted on two occasions. In early 2022, the victim was left in financial ruin and evicted from her retirement home. At that point police were contacted and began an investigation.


On March 19, 2022, investigators executed a search warrant at a Brampton home and arrested and charged 58 year-old Robert Pellegrino of Brampton with the following:

  • Sexual Assault (2 counts)

  • Utter Death Threats

  • Fraud over $5000


The accused was released from custody pending a court appearance.


Anyone who may have further information about this investigation is asked to 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau – Vulnerable Persons Seniors Liaison Investigator, Detective Constable Gillian Clarke at 905-825-4777 ext. 2221.


Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. "See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.


SEXUAL ASSAULT


Sexual assault is any touching of another person without their consent where the touching is of a sexual nature, or where the sexual integrity of the victim is violated. A sexual assault can range from unwanted touching to sexual assault involving penetration.


There is no statute of limitation when it comes to reporting a sexual assault. This means that no matter how long ago the sexual assault happened, you can still report it to police for investigation.


Victims of violence and/or sexual assault can contact the Halton Regional Police Service Victim Services Unit at 905-825-4777 for support.

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