March 9, 2018
Oakbank RCMP make arrest in multiple sexual assaults
On February 27, 2018, Ivan Valintine Cesnik, 57, was arrested by RCMP in Calgary, Alberta and transported to Winnipeg to face charges related to multiple sexual assaults committed on girls as young as seven.
On January 22, 2018, Oakbank RCMP received a report regarding a historical sexual assault involving four female victims, three aged eight and one aged seven. Officers immediately launched an investigation, and it was determined that Cesnik had committed the assaults at his residence in Garson in the RM of Brokenhead, and at a rural residence in the RM of Springfield over a period of time between 2010 and 2015. Cesnik moved to Calgary around that time and no longer had contact with his victims.
Cesnik is charged with:
Sexual Assault x3
Uttering Threats x3
Sexual Interference x3
Administer Noxious Substance x2
RCMP are concerned there may be more victims in the Manitoba, Alberta and Kelowna, British Columbia area and encourage anyone who has information to reach out to the police. Oakbank RCMP can be contacted at 204-444-3847. If anyone in Calgary or the surrounding area has information, they can contact the Calgary Police Service or Alberta RCMP Serious Crime Branch at 403-420-4966. In BC, please contact your police force of jurisdiction.
The Alberta RCMP Serious Crimes Branch South continues to assist with the ongoing investigation.