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Bewcyk bail hearing pushed back for third time

Michael Bewcyk is facing several charges, including sexual assault, sexual interference, and abduction.
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Michael Bewcyk. (File).

THUNDER BAY - A bailing hearing for a Thunder Bay man facing numerous charges, including sexual assault, sexual interference, and abduction has been pushed back for the third time.

Michael Danial Bewcyk, 70, appeared in a Thunder Bay Courtroom on Wednesday for a scheduled bail hearing. However, at the request of his attorney, George Joseph, the hearing was adjourned because he was presented with new disclosure from the Crown and he needs time to review it with his client.

Joseph requested a Crown judicial pre-trial be held to sort out all the information in the case before proceeding to a bail hearing.

Previous bail hearings have been postponed because of new information being presented to Joseph by the Crown.

Bewcyk was arrested on Aug. 28 after a Thunder Bay Police Service officer observed him speaking with two young girls and then one of the girls riding on the back of his e-bike without a helmet. He was charged with breaching a prohibition order by communicating with or being near children under the age of 16.

On Sept. 4, Bewcyk was also charged with abduction of a person under 14 years of age and two additional charges of sexual assault and sexual interference were laid by police on Sept. 20 from incidents that took place between 1996 and 1997.

In 2010, Bewcyk was convicted of accessing child pornography as part of a province-wide investigation, as well fraud over $5,000 and impersonation.

Bewcyk was remanded into custody and will make his next court appearance by video on Dec. 14 to set a date for the Crown judicial pre-trial.




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