Town of Pelham CAO Darren Ottaway at a December 2017 Town Council meeting. VOICE PHOTO

OPP won’t confirm nature of offense

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Hired in 2012, fired in 2019, Pelham’s former CAO Darren Ottaway is facing criminal charges in northern Ontario, says a local radio news report.

According to a story posted on mycochranenow.com, a website maintained by 98.1 FM in Cochrane, Ottaway’s name appeared on a local criminal court docket, and he was due to make a court appearance on Monday, Jan. 24.

The brief report added that the Ontario Provincial Police would not disclose the nature of the charges against Ottaway. Responding to a Voice request for comment on Tuesday, Jan. 25, an OPP spokesperson would not go into detail.

“The OPP will not comment further on specifics of this matter as that information is before the courts,” said James Bay Detachment Media Relations Officer Julie Vienneau in an email. “A publication ban is in place to prevent the revealing information pertaining to the victim or their identity.”

An alleged victim of what was left unstated.

After his dismissal from Pelham in January 2019, Ottaway was hired as Cochrane’s CAO that August. The station reports that Cochrane Mayor Denis Clement says Ottaway is still on the job and is expected at a council meeting on Tuesday night, Jan. 25.

Updated with OPP spokesperson comment.

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