Morrisburg man charged in North American ‘violent’ phone call investigation

SOUTH DUNDAS/SOUTH STORMONT – A Morrisburg man has been arrested after a nine month investigation involving Canadian and American authorities.

SD&G O.P.P. announced today (April 27) that Ryan Munroe, 26, was arrested following separate search warrants executed at homes in South Dundas and South Stormont on Tuesday (April 24).

Munroe is charged with six counts of indecent communications, one count of uttering a death threat to cause bodily harm and two counts of mischief.

The investigation involved United States Capitol Police, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Brantford Police Service and the RCMP.

Munroe is accused of making “numerous indecent and sexually violent phone calls to various people and agencies in Canada and the United States,” according to SD&G O.P.P.

According to information filed with the Ontario Court of Justice, the calls are said to have started in the middle of November 2017.

The Cornwall court has placed a publication ban (Section 486) on the identity of any complainant or witness in the case or any information that may identify them, in order to protect the administration of justice.

The two public mischief charges pertain to allegedly leading law enforcement into a false investigation of sexual assault and sexual interference. The threat is said to have been made to police about harming a 14-year-old girl.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Court records show Munroe appeared before Judge Gilles Renaud and is being held in custody pending his next court appearance on Monday (April 30).

Records show there is a no-contact order naming four specific people, plus any female “not known to you,” except for legal reasons.

Duty counsel appeared this week on behalf of Morrisburg defence lawyer William Webber.