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The Kingston Whig Standard
Oct 17, 2022
Read The Original Article Here | By: Steph Crosier
A man facing 95 human trafficking-related charges remains in custody as his lawyer awaits disclosure from the Crown.
Michael Haaima, 38, appeared before Justice Mahamud Hussain Elmi in the Ontario Court of Justice on Wellington Street on Monday and was represented by his defence counsel, Paul Blais.
Blais asked for the matter to be pushed as he is waiting for further disclosure from the Crown’s office. Haaima will reappear next month.
When Haaima was first arrested by Ontario Provincial Police and Kingston Police in April, there were 10 victims identified, but the most recent charges against him show at least 23.
As of Oct. 4, Haaima has been charged with 20 counts of sexual assault, seven counts each of unlawfully accessing child pornography and forcible confinement, six counts of obtaining sexual services for consideration, five counts of sexual assault with choking, four counts each of overcome resistance to offence to choke, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, and possession of child pornography, three counts each of assault, invitation to sexual touching, sexual interference, obtaining sexual services for consideration under 18, and two counts each of sexual assault causing bodily harm, luring to make child pornography, aggravated sexual assault, making child pornography, making child pornography available, and voyeurism.
He is also facing one count each of harassment by watching and besetting, criminal harassment by communication, uttering threats to cause death or harm to a dog, compulsions to commit bestiality with a dog, mischief under $5,000, procuring a person under 18 year old, trafficking a person under 18, sexual assault with a weapon, sexual assault causing bodily harm, accessing child pornography, extortion, assault with a weapon, assault with a weapon causing bodily harm, and assault with a weapon by choking.
None of the charges have been proven in court.
Haaima is also charged with breaching a non-communication order made by Justice Harley D’Août Gervais on April 7. The Crown alleges he breached the order sometime between that date and Aug. 2, 2022, but does not state how he did so. Haaima has been in custody since April 6 when he was first arrested.
The non-communication order forbids Haaima from communicating directly with identified individuals, including his victims and associates. A publication ban protects the individuals’ identities.
While Haaima was arrested in April, the announcement of 75 initial charges against him was released by the OPP and Kingston Police in early July. When police announced the charges, they asked for any other potential victims to come forward, and they have continued to over the following months.
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