Calgary foster parent charged with sexual assault on a minor

The Calgary Police Service has charged a local man with sexually assaulting a teenager who was once in his care.

In December 2010, police received information from a man who claimed he had been sexually abused while in a Calgary foster home.

It’s alleged that between Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, and Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005, the teen, who was 14 when the abuse began, was repeatedly sexually assaulted while in the care of his foster parent. The assaults are alleged to have occurred at the accused’s Calgary home and at locations outside of the city.

The man was a foster parent and primary caregiver for the alleged victim and money was offered in exchange for sexual acts. The abuse is believed to have occurred over a span of several years.

Garry Dale PROKOPISHIN, 52, is charged with obtaining sex from a person under 18 and sexual contact with a youth by person in authority.

It is believed that 55 foster children, all boys, have lived under the care of PROKOPISHIN and his wife, over the past 20 years. The number of boys living in the home at any given time was between one and five and they ranged in ages from 14 to 17.

The Calgary Police Service has not yet spoken with all 55 boys that lived in the home, however, this investigation is ongoing. Interviews have been conducted across Canada.

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