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Public Safety Alert,
Guelph Police Service Sexual Assault investigation,
Sherman Lai, 58

Broadcast time: 15:28
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Corporate Communications

The Guelph Police Service has asked us to post the following news release:

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, the Guelph Police Service commenced an investigation into sexual assault allegations against a 58-year-old Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner/Acupuncturist whose practice "Centre of Integrative Natural Medicine" had been located on Surrey Street for over 20 years.

This centre moved locations approximately six years ago and is currently located in Morriston, Ontario. On Tuesday, October 31, 2017, Sherman Lai, 58, was arrested and charged by the Guelph Police Service with one count of sexual assault against a former patient.

On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, as a result of further investigation, Sherman Lai was charged with two counts of sexual assault involving two additional victims who were both former patients.

Although Sherman Lai has practiced locally in the area, Guelph Police have learned that patients within the Greater Toronto Area and beyond have been referred to him.

Police are informing the public that there is no statute of limitations on crimes of this nature and any persons with information can contact D/Sgt. Clark at 519-824-1212 extension #7518 or at . Anonymous tips can be left at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at

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Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications