The owner and manager of a Saskatoon motel was given bail Wednesday ahead of trial on sexual assault charges.
John Pontes, 74, was arrested Monday and charged with three counts of sexual assault, two counts of extortion as well as charges of uttering death threats and obtaining sexual service for consideration.
In a media release Tuesday, police alleged Pontes was extorting tenants of the Northwoods Inn and Suites for sexual favours.
Lawyer Chris Lavier delivered a statement outside Saskatoon Provincial Court on behalf of Pontes’ defence counsel.
He said Pontes has previously had similar allegations levelled at him by disgruntled tenants of the motel.
“These allegations have been made in the past and he’s offended by the allegations. He’s always responded to those allegations and, to date, he has no criminal record,” Lavier said.
Pontes was released on $2,000 bail, with conditions including that he have no contact with any of his alleged victims.
A judge also ordered that Pontes not have any contact with any female tenant of the Northwoods unless he has a manager with him who is aware of his charges.