Longtime foster parent arrested for alleged sexual assault in 1987

By News Staff

A 76-year-old man has been arrested and charged in an investigation of an alleged sexual assault that occurred between Jan. 20 and Mar. 27, 1987.

Toronto police say Bernard “Bernie” Desroches was arrested on Monday. He will appear in court on February 29.

According to the Catholic Register, Desroches and his wife, Nellie, have cared for over 1,000 foster children in their home over a 35-year period. The couple had focused on babies, “many of them medically fragile or abused.”

The couple started fostering children in the mid-1970s.

According to the Register, Desroches was a pharmacist before retiring.

Police believe there may be other victims. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-4200 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS.

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