Between 1985 and 1987, the Thunder Bay OPP investigated a number of incidents in which a male wearing a disguise, and at times brandishing a weapon, entered homes and sexually assaulted the female residents.
During a two-year period, police investigated five of these incidents in Conmee, Hagey, and Scoble townships outside the city of Thunder Bay.
In late 1987, a male subject was arrested and charged in relation to these incidents.
But at the subsequent preliminary hearing in 1989, the charges were discharged.
In 2007, the OPP’s Northwest Region Crime Unit and the OPP Forensic Identification Unit, under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch, reviewed all of these cases.
Police conducted additional interviews, reviewed evidence in their possession, and conducted additional forensic testing.
As a result of this follow-up investigation, police today arrested Donald Milani, 62, of Ignace.
He has been charged with four counts of break and enter, five counts of sexual assault, four counts of wearing a disguise while committing an indictable offence, four counts of forcible confinement, and two counts of robbery.
Milani has been released and will appear in Superior Court in Thunder Bay on Aug. 30.