Police make arrest in Kanata indecent acts

KANATA — Ottawa police arrested a man today (March 4) in relation to indecent acts performed in the Kanata area last February.

“In February 2021, the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) West Criminal Investigations Unit began an investigation of indecent acts in Kanata,” the OPS released in a statement today (March 4). “The information received was a man would park his vehicle and then masturbate and expose his genitals.”

This morning, Police attended one of the locations the suspect has previously been at and a man was seen masturbating. He was arrested without incident.   

“The Sexual Assault and Child Abuse (SACA) Unit charged Matthew Sturgeon, 24 of Ottawa, with committing an indecent act and criminal harassment,” the OPS said.

He is scheduled to appear in court today.

“The investigation is ongoing and SACA investigators believe there may be other victims and are asking them to contact police,” the OPS said. “The vehicle involved in today’s incident was a Honda Civic with a Quebec license plate.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944 or via email at mcm@ottawapolice.ca. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.