RCMP charge counsellor from Poundmaker’s Lodge in Alberta with sexual assault

A warrant has been sworn out for Gerald Twoteeth.

The Poundmaker's Lodge Treatment Centre in St. Albert, Alta., as shown through the ages on the website. Photo: website


A former spiritual advisor at an Indigenous-run healing centre is wanted by Alberta RCMP on charges of sexual assault and indecent exposure, APTN News has learned.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Susan Richter said a warrant was issued Wednesday for the arrest of Gerald Twoteeth, 52.

Twoteeth is a Cree man who was providing addictions counselling to residential clients at Poundmaker’s Lodge Treatment Centre in St. Albert, Alta., near Edmonton.

The facility said his contract was terminated after allegations of inappropriate behaviour surfaced on Facebook last December.

Richter said Twoteeth is charged with one count of sexual assault and two counts of indecent exposure.

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Some former female clients alleged Twoteeth exposed himself and behaved inappropriately.

None of the allegations have been tested in court.

RCMP in Morinville, Alta., told APTN in December they opened a “criminal harassment” investigation after interviewing more than one complainant.

The facility, which is named after celebrated Cree Chief Poundmaker, said in a statement posted on its Facebook page at the time it would assist RCMP with any investigation.

It did not immediately respond to an email from APTN Thursday seeking comment on the latest development.

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Richter said RCMP were unable to locate Twoteeth and hoped the public would help.

She said anyone with information is asked to call the Morinville detachment at 1-780-939-1600 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

Investigative Reporter / Winnipeg

Award-winning reporter Kathleen Martens covers western and northern Canada for aptnnews.ca. A veteran of the Brandon Sun, Sun Media and APTN Investigates, she is based in APTN’s head office, specializing in stories about property, women’s rights and community.