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Local acupuncturist facing multiple sexual assault charges

The traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner/Acupuncturist practice “Centre of Integrative Natural Medicine” had been located on Surrey Street for over 20 years
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NEWS RELEASE
GUELPH POLICE SERVICE
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On Oct. 18, 2017, the Guelph Police Service commenced an investigation into sexual assault allegations against a 58-year-old Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner/Acupuncturist whose practice “Centre of Integrative Natural Medicine” had been located on Surrey Street for over 20 years. This centre moved locations approximately 6 years ago and is currently located in Morriston Ontario. On Oct. 31, Sherman Lai was arrested and charged by the Guelph Police Service for one count of sexual assault against a former patient.

On Nov. 29, Sherman Lai was charged with two further counts of sexual assault involving 2 additional victims both being former patients.

On Jan. 12, Sherman Lai was charged with 6 more counts of sexual assault involving 5 additional victims all of which were former patients.

Although Sherman Lai has practiced locally in the area, Guelph Police have learned that patients that reside(d) within the Greater Toronto Area and beyond have been referred to him.

Police are informing the public that there is no statute of limitations on crimes of this nature and any persons with information can contact D/Sgt. Clark at 519-824-1212 extension #7518. Anonymous tips can be left at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.csgw.tips

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