On August 8, 2019, Snow Lake RCMP began an investigation following a report from an adult male who advised that he had been sexually abused when he was a child living in Snow Lake. The victim indicated that the assaults occurred between 2004 and 2012 and provided the name of the suspect.
During the investigation, a second adult male came forward with allegations that he was also sexually abused as a child by the same suspect during the same time period.
On August 30, 2019, officers arrested 34-year-old Daniel Hughes, from Flin Flon, and charged him with 11 offences including Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference and Sexual Exploitation. He was remanded into police custody and has since been released with numerous court imposed conditions.
Hughes resided in Snow Lake until 2016 and moved to Flin Flon. He was last employed as a house parent responsible for the supervision of children in residence at Frontier Collegiate Institute, located in Cranberry Portage from 2016 to early 2019.
Police are concerned that there may be additional victims. Anyone who may have been a victim or has information are encouraged to contact Snow Lake RCMP at 204-358-7723 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.
The RCMP has also partnered with Klinic Community Health. Klinic can accept reports from survivors of sexual assault who are 16-years-old or older from anywhere in Manitoba. The survivors can remain anonymous and work with Klinic counselors to determine the best way forward. Klinic 24/7 Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 1-888-292-7565.
Snow Lake RCMP along with assistance from the RCMP Major Crime Unit continue to investigate.