SD&G warden facing child luring, sexual assault charges

South Glengarry Mayor Frank Prevost, as seen in this December 2018 file photo. Prevost is facing several child luring charges after an OPP investigation. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

Update 12 p.m. Thursday: Prevost released on bail

ORILLIA – The mayor of South Glengarry and warden of the United Counties of SD&G is facing multiple sex-related charges following two separate police investigations.

SD&G O.P.P. announced Wednesday afternoon that 53-year-old Frank J. Prevost of Cornwall was arrested yesterday and charged with three counts of luring a child.

This followed an online undercover operation involving the Ontario Provincial Police Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, SD&G O.P.P., Grenville County O.P.P. and the O.P.P. digital forensics team.

After a separate investigation involving an adult victim, Prevost is also facing a single count of sexual assault.

Prevost was in custody pending an outcome of a video bail hearing.

The O.P.P. says it’s seen an increase in online offender behaviour and the Child Sexual Exploitation Unit has been “actively conducting proactive online luring investigations.”

Prevost, a local real estate agent, has been mayor of South Glengarry since 2018 after being acclaimed in the municipal election. He is currently serving his second consecutive term as the county’s warden.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

A joint statement from the United Counties of SD&G and the Township of South Glengarry, issued just before 6 p.m. Wednesday, says “no comment will be made at this time as this is a legal matter before the courts.”

The statements adds that county and township councils will review the situation “to determine appropriate next steps.”