Manitoba First Nations chief charged with luring, sexual assault after alleged texts with teen girl

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The RCMP said the head of the Manitoba First Nation had been arrested on charges of multiple sex crimes.

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Little Grand Rapids First Nation chief Raymond Keeper, 65, was arrested on Thursday after police investigated messages sent to a 16-year-old girl in late September.

The keeper is charged with luring a person under the age of 18, two counts of sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon and touching for sexual purpose in a position of authority.


He has also been charged with possession of a weapon obtained by committing a crime, negligent storage of a prohibited weapon and possession of a prohibited weapon without a licence.

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The keeper has been released, police said, pending a court appearance next month.

The RCMP said it believes there may be more victims and is asking anyone with information to contact the Little Grand Rapids detachment at 204-397-2249.

After months of evacuation due to wildfires in mid-July, more than 1,000 members of the Keeper’s community of Little Grand Rapids were finally given the go-ahead to return home.

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