A former Kenora area OPP officer has been charged with sexual assault.

Provincial police said Friday that 56-year-old Eli Mandamin of Shoal Lake First Nation has been charged with rape and sexual intercourse with a female between the ages of 14 and 16.

The charges stem from an alleged incident that occurred between 1975-1977 when Mandamin was a First Nation constable with the OPP in the community of Iskatewizaagegan (Shoal Lake #39).

Mandamin was arrested on Thursday as a result of an ongoing investigation and is to appear Kenora court on Dec. 17. None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122; or Crime Stoppers, 1-800-222-8477.

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