RCMP say identity of two men accused of gang sex assault in Yellowknife could not be established

Joshua Desjarlais
(submitted photo)

RCMP say they investigated after a report of a gang sexual assault on a teenage girl in Yellowknife back in 2017.

But because the identity of two of the suspects could not be established, Mounties never laid any charges.

That is according to Marie York-Condon, civilian RCMP spokesperson.

“NT RCMP General Investigative Section (GIS) began an investigation into the sexual assault allegations in September, 2017. During the course of the investigation, three persons were investigated. One person was charged (and now convicted). There was not enough evidence to proceed with charges on the other two individuals as their identity could not be established,” York-Condon stated in an email to CKLB. “The investigation is concluded, but as always, if any new information surfaces, the investigation will be re-opened and all leads pursued.”

The allegations of the gang incident came up in court on April 10 as Joshua “Taz” Desjarlais, 27, was convicted of three counts of sexual assault for having sex with three teenage girls at his Yellowknife apartment.

Two of them were 14-years-old at the time while the other was 15.

Desjarlais is one of the three men the victim says was involved in the gang assault.

At least one of the other men allegedly involved was identified in court with his nickname.

CKLB is not using the nickname at this time because there may be someone else with the same nickname.

Desjarlais, who has ties to Fort Smith, told police he thought the girls were of age but the judge found him guilty, saying he did nothing to try to confirm their ages.

He is to be back in court Monday to set a date for sentencing.

Desjarlais, who has been in jail since his arrest in September, 2017 is facing a three to 14 year sentence.

About the Author

John Mcfadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018.  John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL).

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