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Charlottetown resident charged with sexual assault released

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - A Charlottetown resident who is facing charges that include sexual assault was released from custody Friday under conditions that include reporting to police.

Renier Lorenzo Perez Almeida, 31, appeared before justice of the peace Mark Gallant in Charlottetown for a show cause hearing to determine if he should be held in custody while his case is before the courts.

Almeida is charged with two counts of assault, one count of uttering threats to cause death and one count of sexual assault.

In not ordering Almeida to remain in custody, Gallant said it was a concerning situation, but the court believed his remand wasn’t required.

Almeida has no prior record, and there is no suggestion he is a flight risk, Gallant said.

With his release, Almeida must report to police weekly and will be under a curfew from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m.

The police will have the authority to check on Almeida unannounced to ensure he is following his curfew.

Almeida, who is a permanent resident who moved to Canada from Cuba, must surrender his passport.

He is also banned from any contact with the complainant or going within one kilometre of her home.

His next court date is scheduled for Jan. 21.

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