Winnipeg Coun. Russ Wyatt charged with sexual assault

Winnipeg Coun. Russ Wyatt charged with sexual assault

Coun. Russ Wyatt has been charged with sexual assault, CBC News has learned.

The Winnipeg Police Service charged the Transcona councillor with sexual assault on Tuesday evening, sources said. He was then released.

Wyatt has been a city councillor since 2002. He was absent from city council from January until May while he was undergoing addictions treatment at a facility north of Gimli,

“It was an amazing process to go through,” he told council in May. “It was not an easy decision.”

Wyatt said a former member of council suggested he seek treatment at Aurora, which he described as a world-class facility.

“I have a different outlook on things, a different outlook on life,” he said. “I’m happy to be back to work and serve the people.”

In June, Wyatt came out as bisexual at the Winnipeg Pride parade.

“I just came out today as a bisexual man. This is my first Pride. I came out in rehab with the help of some amazing people. And I came out to my immediate family before today,” Wyatt said via text at the time.

“I’ve been living in fear and in a secret double life and it’s been very very hard and it’s now over. I am grateful to be alive today.”

Wyatt has not conducted face-to-face interviews since he returned to council. He has mused on Twitter about running for mayor.

The Winnipeg Police Service is expected to hold a press conference at 11 a.m.

Wyatt could not be reached for comment.

Published at Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:25:21 -0400