Massen facing new charges

By Joel Charron

Pardoned sex offender Richard James Massen, 80, faces a slew of  new charges dating back to the 1970’s.

On Nov. 7. Massen was charged with nine counts of indecent assault and gross indecency. Massen is alleged to have assault five boys who at the time were between 11 and 15 years old.

Massen had been convicted in 1965 for indecent assault and again in 1990 of gross indecency and sexual touching involving boys as young 13.

Jim Massen (middle) was arrested and charged on Nov. 7 with nine counts of indecent assault and gross indecency. Massen donated $105,000 to the UCCUC but the donation was given back once Massen’s past was brought to light.

Massen was released on the conditions that he not contact with any victims and go near an elementary school, public, park or where there are children younger than 16 years old.

Massen made national headlines back in February when his $105,000 donation to the United Communities Credit Union Complex was given back.

Massen had a sponsorship deal with the town that would have seen his name associated with children’s soccer fields, a score clock and the road leading to the UCCUC.

Council nixed the deal and tried to return the money, however Massen refused and filed a lawsuit in Superior Court.

Town officials said had Massen disclosed his past, the deal would have never have gone through.

The UCCUC also sits on property formerly owned by Massen. He sold it to the town in 2008 for $406,000.

Amherstburg Police Const. Margaret O’Brien said the police were not giving details of the case and urged if there are more victims to come forward.

“We are protecting the integrity of the case as the matter is set for trail,” said O’Brien. “The identification of the victim is confidential as it is a small community. The details and nature of the incident will eventually come out at trail.”

O’Brien did mentioned one of the victims came toward after all the media attention Massen received in February.

Amherstburg police asked if there are any victims willing to come forward, contact Det. Const. Aaron Chambers at 519-736-2253, ext. 240.

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