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Man charged after Children’s Aid Society worker assaulted

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on Sun, 05/13/2012 - 08:00

A 58-year-old man faces charges after a Children’s Aid Society worker was assaulted and choked at her office in the east end of the city.

Police were called to the office at 1602 Telesat Court on April 20 at about 1:15 p.m. after Anne Marie Chabot was assaulted.

The suspect fled the office before police arrived, but was later arrested.

CAS Executive Director Barbara MacKinnon said Chabot was taken to the hospital after she was attacked, and returned to work about a week later.

“It is a really difficult balance for the workers because they are balancing the desire to engage and help a family do the best for their children and take care of their own safety,” MacKinnon said.

Chabot, child protection worker, has been a CAS employee for more than five years.

In her current role, she was responsible for visiting families, assessing a parent’s ability to care for their children and apprehend children in unsafe situations.

MacKinnon called child protection work “intrusive,” but said CAS employees are well-trained in crisis prevention.

“We are in circumstances where we are required to intervene and some times that family is not as willing to have our involvement,” she said. “And those are difficult circumstances.”

MacKinnon would not disclose the circumstances that led a man to attack Chabot at the CAS office.

A 58-year-old man was arrested and faces charges of assault and choking.

He was examined by a psychiatrist before appearing in Ottawa court Wednesday.

He was remanded in custody until May 8, when he will next appear in court by video.

By Meghan Hurley, The Ottawa Citizen