Former Merritt mayoral candidate facing sex assault charges

By Greg Fry
December 14, 2017 - 5:01pm

KAMLOOPS — The operator of a massage clinic in Merritt, a former mayoral candidate, is facing four counts of sexual assault.

RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says the suspect, 55 year old Michael Albert Jolly, was charged following a criminal investigation in October stemming from complaints being received from clients at A&M Holistic Wellness.

Jolly ran for mayor of Merritt in 2014, finishing third out of three candidates.

Moskaluk says the charges stem from alleged incidents that occurred in September and October this year involving four separate victims.

"Victims reported being sexually assaulted by Jolly while receiving treatments at A&M Wellness."

Moskaluk says a publication ban is in effect to protect the identity of the victims involved.

"We are taking steps however, to advise the public of the continuance of our investigation, in order to establish whether we have other victims who have not come forward to date or not."

Anyone with any information regarding this investigation or who may have been a victim of an assualt of this nature is asked to call the Merritt RCMP at (250) 378-4262.

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