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More charges against man in alleged Calgary drugging, sex assault cases

Calgary police have laid more charges against a man suspected of drugging and sexually assaulting women on a rural property outside the city.

In April, Mantha was charged with multiple offences after an investigation was launched when at least three women had allegedly been approached by a man in Forest Lawn. They were allegedly drugged and taken to a rural property and alleged to have been physically and sexually assaulted.

In all, Mantha faced 16 charges in connection with those alleged offences.

The Calgary police investigation has been ongoing since, and two more women have come forward. They also report being drugged and assaulted.

One of the assaults was alleged to have happened in September 2021 at a hotel in Banff Trail. Also, according to police, on multiple occasions between September 2020 and December 2022 at a resident in the 2500 block of 49 Avenue SE and at the rural property on Vale View Road in Rocky View County.

Mantha has now been charged with two additional counts of sexual assault and two more of administering a noxious thing. 

There are a total of 20 charges involving five women, police said.

“This investigation remains ongoing and we encourage anyone who has been the victim of a sexual assault to report it to their local police agency,” read a statement from CPS.  

“Victims are reminded that there is no statute of limitations on the reporting of a sexual assault in Canada.”

Anyone with information can call Calgary police at 403-266-1234.

Anyone who is the victim of sexual assault can also reach out directly to additional resources that are available including through Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse211 Alberta, the Alberta One-Line for Sexual Violence and Her Victory.