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Sex assault victims sought

Vernon RCMP are seeking more possible victims of a local physiotherapist charged with sex crimes.

Stephen Witvoet, 47, of Vernon, was arrested on June 10, 2019, and has been charged with two counts of sexual assault in incidents alleged to have occurred between 2015 and 2016. 
He has been released on conditions with the next court date of June 13.

"Witvoet has been employed as a physiotherapist in Vernon for 14 years, beginning in 2005. We believe given the length of time he has been practicing, there may be potential victims who have not already reported to the police, we are asking those people to come forward now," said Const. Kelly Brett with the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP.

In order to further the investigation, police are releasing a photo of Witvoet who is described as Caucasian with light brown hair, green eyes, 6’3'' and weighs 177 pounds.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP non-emergency line at 250-545-7171 and ask for Cpl. Canning-Lue of the Special Victims Unit file #2019-11058.



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