POLICE: Renald Côté arrested again in Magog

MAGOG — Police have arrested Rénald Côté, 64, of Magog, at his home on rue Stanley late Thursday morning, after police say he attempted to lure a child to his home for some candy.


Côté made headlines in January 2003 after being convicted of 14 counts of sexual assault on his daughter Isabelle, over a period of 17 years.

Police say a complaint was made concerning Côté regarding a minor under the age of 16.

These new charges go back to January 7, 2016 after he allegedly approached a young child asking her to go to his home to get some candy. Police say that the girl did not follow him, and that an adult was near when the conversation took place.

The event was brought to the attention of the Memphrémagog police board that investigated the facts leading to obtaining an arrest warrant.

“Given his sexual offenses, investigators feared for the safety of the child and have asked the issuance of an arrest warrant to prevent the worst from happening again,” said Lieutenant Sylvain Guay of the Memphrémagog police board.

Côté was released in April 2014 after serving a full sentence of 14 years.

UPDATED: Côté appeared before a judge at the Court of Sherbrooke this afternoon. Côté has agreed to sign an undertaking within which he must meet certain conditions such as:

Keep the peace and be of good behavior.
Be home from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 except for legitimate work.
Be at the same address and notify if there is a change.
Not to communicate in any way with minors.
Not to be within 25 meters of a park, a public area open for swimming, a playground, a school, a community center or any other places where there is likely to be young people under 16.

He will return to court on April 5, 2016 to reassess the situation.

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