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Winnipeg city councillor charged with serious sexual assault: police

WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg city councillor has been charged with sexual assaulting a woman six months ago.

Russ Wyatt, 48, was arrested Tuesday after lab results came back, and has been released pending a future court date, a city police spokesman said.

Const. Rob Carver would not reveal details of the allegations on Wednesday, other than to say the alleged crime is a ``serious sexual assault'' that occurred in a home that was not Wyatt's on Jan. 14.

The alleged victim is a woman known to Wyatt, but who is not his wife, and is not believed to be a city employee, Carver added.

Wyatt was interviewed in January and the charge is only being laid now because of standard investigative procedures, he said.

``Witnesses are interviewed and then suspects are interviewed,'' Carver said.

``The delay in sexual assault charges is almost always based on getting lab results back ... and it takes a long time.''

Wyatt took a leave of absence from city council in January and revealed in March that he had entered a rehab program for substance abuse. He returned to council in May.

In June, he told media he was not ruling out running for mayor in the municipal election slated for October.

© 2018 The Canadian Press

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