Thunder Bay Police Probing Historic Sexual Assault Case: Public Assistance Sought

Thunder Bay Police Service Unit 274
Thunder Bay Police Service Unit 274

Investigation Spanning 17 Years Unearths Disturbing Sexual Assault Incidents

Thunder Bay, ON – The Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) is delving into an alarming historic sexual assault case that spans across a 17-year period, from 1995 to 2012. Authorities are now extending an appeal to the public for any information that could help identify other potential victims tied to this disquieting investigation.

Investigation Details (Case Number: P22029484): The focal point of this investigation revolves around a series of alleged sexual assaults that transpired at various residential locations within the city of Thunder Bay.

Two victims have so far been identified, both of whom were acquainted with the accused before the alleged assaults took place. Perturbingly, both victims were minors under the age of 16 at the time of the incidents.

Accused Individual: The accused, 64-year-old Francesco Anselmo of Thunder Bay, faces serious charges including:

  • Sexual Assault (2 counts)
  • Sexual Interference (2 counts)
  • Invitation to Sexual Touching (2 counts)
  • Sexual Exploitation (4 counts)

Following the charges, Anselmo has been released from custody under certain conditions, pending a future court appearance.

Public Assistance Requested: Given the extensive timeframe and the grievous nature of the offences, the Thunder Bay Police Service is earnestly soliciting public assistance. If you, or someone you know, may have been a victim or have any information that could aid the investigators, you’re encouraged to contact Detective Constable Joel Manherz at 807-684-1200 ext. 4115 and refer to Incident Number: P22029484

Anonymous Tip Submission: For those wishing to provide information anonymously, tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

The TBPS is committed to unearthing the full extent of this distressing case and ensuring justice for the victims. The assistance of the community is indispensable in shedding light on any further incidents related to this investigation, as the Police Service endeavors to bring closure and justice to the victims of these heinous acts.

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