Saskatchewan ‘traditional healer’ now faces 11 counts of sexual assault

Police say there may be ‘additional victims’ from the past 20 years

The front entrance of the Saskatoon Police Service. Photo: APTN News file


Another four sex-related charges have been laid against a 60-year-old man working as “a traditional healer or medicine man” in Saskatchewan, police said in a news release this week.

The RCMP laid seven charges and the Saskatoon Police Service Sex Crime Unit four charges following a joint investigation.

Cecil Wolfe was initially charged with one count of sexual assault last September, and six more similar charges were added in December.

None of the allegations have been tested in court.

The Criminal Code of  Canada says sexual assault occurs “if a person is touched in any way that interferes with their sexual integrity: this includes kissing, touching, intercourse and any other sexual activity without his or her consent.”

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Police said in the release they believe there may be more victims. The encouraged anyone with information to contact them.

“Investigators believe there may be additional victims from over the past 20 years in the communities of Loon Lake, Blaine Lake, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatoon and surrounding areas,” the RCMP said.

“Victims report Cecil Wolfe was working under the pretext of being a traditional healer or medicine man when they encountered him.”

Wolfe is free on bail. He appeared in Saskatoon provincial court via phone earlier this week, He is scheduled to return to court on March 30.

Online Journalist / 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.