If you are wondering why there was such a police presence off Highway 17 just west of North Bay yesterday, the OPP is releasing a few details.

Yesterday, at approximately 1:00pm, officers from various law enforcement units assembled at Little Lakes Road on Nipissing First Nation execute a search warrant.

As a result of the investigation, a 49-year-old male from Nipissing First Nation has been charged with sexual assault, contrary to section 271 of the Criminal Code (CC).

The accused has been remanded into custody pending bail.

The OPP will not be releasing the name in order to protect the identity of the victim.

Asked for further comment on the number of officers, firepower, and armoured vehicles used in executing the search warrant, Cst. Joe Scali, a media officer with the OPP replied, “At this time the investigation is continuing.”

Law enforcement personnel deployed in the eventual arrest included members of the North Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the North Bay OPP Crime Unit, an OPP Critical Incident Commander (CIC), the OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), an OPP Crisis Negotiator, the North East Region OPP Canine Unit and the North East Region Emergency Response Team (ERT).

With files from Stu Campaigne