16 new potential victims identified in sexual assault case of former SPVM officer

Dec 16 2019, 6:41 am

The Service de police de l’agglomération de Longueuil (SPAL) say they have identified new possible victims in the case of François Lamarre, a 71-year-old retired SPVM officer and minor hockey league coach, who is facing sexual assault charges.

Lamarre was charged on December 4 with sexual assault, gross indecent, invitation to sexual touching, and indecent exposure. Initial allegations against the man involved four young boys, aged between nine and 16, spanning a 25-year period from 1972 to 1997.

In the SPAL’s statement, they claim to have received 27 calls from potential victims in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and the United States. Thanks to the calls, officials say they have identified 16 new possible victims.

Lamarre lived on Springfield and Campbell Streets in the South Shore’s Greenfield Park borough. His alleged assaults took place at his home, inside his vehicle, and at hockey arenas.

SPAL Investigators say the incidents did not happen while Lamarre was on duty but his victims were aware he was a police officer.

Longueuil police believe there still could be other victims.

Anyone with information is asked to call Longueuil police at 450-463-7211. All information will be treated anonymously.