|A police-issued photo of assault suspect Gregory Thomas Simard.
LONDON, Ont. —A man charged with beating a 12-year-old boy in his care now faces a new charge of committing an indecent act.
Greg Simard, 24, appeared in court Tuesday to face four charges related to an assault against a boy at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI) in London on Sunday.
The boy was found with “severe trauma” in the woods behind the provincial facility.
The indecent act charge was laid Tuesday afternoon after police say a man walked into a store in the city’s northeast at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday and removed all his clothes. He then picked up his clothes and walked outside, still naked.
Police were called and a description was provided but the man wasn’t found. The man had been in that same store on four previous occasions, police said.
The investigation at CPRI led them to lay charges against Simard, police said.
During his court appearance Tuesday, police revealed more details about alleged assault on the boy, which included kicks and punches to the head.
Simard, a developmental service worker, faces four charges after the Sunday night beating that left the boy living at the CPRI in critical condition in hospital.
Simard told Justice of the Peace Peter Aharan he was representing himself in the case, but his parents have retainted defence lawyer Gord Cudmore in the hopes their son will agree Cudmore can represent him.
Simard is to return to court by video remand Thursday.