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Arrest made in historic sexual assault

Wayne Edward Gilberds, 63, was well known for his involvement in the East End Boys and Girls Club. He faces six charges, including sexual intercourse with a female under 14.
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Police have charged a Thunder Bay man with various offences relating to an ongoing historic sexual assault investigation involving youth victims. 

Wayne Edward GILBERDS, 63, of Thunder Bay was arrested by members of the Thunder Bay Police Service on Thursday, March 11, 2021. He has been released from custody with conditions and has a future court appearance date of June 1, 2021. 

The Thunder Bay Police Service became aware in 2017 of sexual assault incidents against youths having taken place in the city in the 1970s and 1980s. 

An investigation by members of the Criminal Investigations Branch identified four victims, both males and females, between the ages of six and 14 years old. Incidents took place between 1973 and 1982. 

The accused was known to his victims through the East End Boys and Girls Club, commonly known at the time of these incidents as The Wayside Club. 

GILBERDS is charged with: 

• Indecent Assault on a Male X2 
• Indecent Assault on a Female X2 
• Sexual Intercourse with Female under 14 years X2 

The investigation remains ongoing and police continue to seek other potential victims and witnesses. 

If you have information that could assist this investigation please call police at 807-684-1200 or call Crime Stopper at 1-800-222-8477, online at

Leith Dunick

About the Author: Leith Dunick

A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith is Dougall Media's director of news, but still likes to tell your stories too. Wants his Expos back and to see Neil Young at least one more time. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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