Quarantine Screening Officer Charged with Sexual Assault and Extortion

By: Laura Steiner
Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has charged a security guard with multiple charges related to a quarantine compliance check in Oakville.
The accused is identified as 27-year old Hermant of Hamilton.  He is alleged to have entered a residence on February 18, 2021 to conduct a compliance check.  They informed the victim that they were in violation of the quarantine order and demanded that a fine be paid in cash.  The victim declined to pay, and was sexually assaulted by the accused.
Officers from HRPS’ Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit arrested, and charged the accused.  Police confirm he has been suspended, but will not be releasing the name of the security firm who employed him.  He faces the following charges:

  • Sexual Assault
  • Extortion

HRPS is concerned there could be additional victims.  They encourage anyone who may have experienced something similar to contact local police where the offence took place.  Tips and information can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by phone at: 1-800-222-8477 or through their website.
Screening officers cannot issue an offence notice or conduct an arrest.  Immediate demand for payment of any kind should never be made in the course of a quarantine compliance check.