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Former Ottawa aid worker charged with more child sex-crimes

Former Ottawa aid worker Paul McCarthy — already facing 2019 child-sex charges against five boys in Nepal — is now charged with two more sex crimes involving another child abroad.

McCarthy, 64, was arrested in January 2019 at Pearson International Airport and escorted off a plane bound for Panama City. The former international aid worker was originally stopped in December 2018 by the Canada Border Services Agency as he returned home from a volunteer mission to an orphanage in Nepal. That investigation identified five alleged victims, all Nepalese boys.

Former Ottawa aid worker charged with more child sex-crimes

McCarthy was a CARE Canada director for Indonesia from 1992 to 1995.

A CARE Canada spokesperson told this newspaper in 2019 that the child-sex allegations are not related to his past work with the relief organization.

The charges against McCarthy have not been proved in court.

His defence lawyer Robert Carew told this newspaper in 2019 that every story has two sides. At the time, McCarthy had just been charged with child-sex crimes including luring, assault and importing child pornography. The Ottawa police Internet Child Exploitation Unit at the time said they feared there were more alleged victims because McCarthy has a long history of travelling around the world.