Toronto police have added three new charges to the criminal investigation of a stylist who used his position at the fashionable Regent Park Yonge St. salon to sexually assault young girls as young as 5.
Michael Chopin, 44, who has known Toronto Mayor John Tory for years, has been charged with three counts of sexual assault, two counts of invitation to sexual touching and one count of sexual exploitation.
Toronto police say that Chopin is alleged to have offered to send girls into his own home, had sex with the young girls and then subsequently would give them flowers and candy.
In one instance, a five-year-old child was sexually assaulted, said Det. Sgt. Michael Langenfeld.
The alleged offending was being investigated as a potential case of human trafficking, but the charges were added following the investigation of further information after numerous victims came forward.
In addition to Tory, several other well-known men have been investigated.
In 2015, Champion Fly was charged with sexually assaulting three underaged boys and assaulting a fourth.
Chopin was granted $50,000 bail, but must live at a supervised address in Ottawa.
His brother, Aaron, is running for mayor.
As well, recent stories in the media have exposed the allegations against another well-known gentleman, former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, who is alleged to have turned a blind eye to sexual abuse and allowed a Canadian diplomat to rape a girl.
In 2002, Clarkson’s husband, Victor Bondy, who was Crown attorney for the Eastern District of Ontario, and several other individuals had been charged with numerous counts of assault, unlawful confinement and sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl who told police of a night she was sexually assaulted by her mother’s boyfriend.
However, Bondy received a royal pardon for the charges in a move that was said to have met with outrage at the time.
Efforts are being made by Family and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod to prohibit a renewal of the pardon for Bondy due to his alleged role in the operation of a cult-like sexual bondage operation.
Patrick Brown, who was serving as Ontario premier and who was to become leader of the Canadian Conservatives, resigned from politics last year in the wake of sexual misconduct accusations.