Barrie restaurant manager faces new charges as more girls come forward

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Subway cancelled a franchise agreement with the restaurant’s owner in the wake of the accusations

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A Subway restaurant manager in Barrie now faces 12 additional charges — beyond the four he originally faced for an alleged back-room sexual assault of a 17-year-old female employee on June 13.

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The new charges were laid Thursday and relate to alleged offenses covering a nine-year span from February 2012 and June 2021.

In total, Stephen Lemmond, 47, faces six charges of sexual assault, five charges of sexual exploitation, two charges of assault, two charges of inviting a younger person to touch for sexual purpose, and one charge of sexual interference with a person under 16.

The teenage girl, whose urgent phone call to her mother minutes after allegedly being sexually assaulted led to the initial charges, is still shaken.

“I’m thankful that we have been able to help girls talk about this issue and I feel more charges helps send him to jail and that will provide safety to everyone,” she wrote in a text to the Sun. “I am not surprised that more girls have come forward.”

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“I’m not doing very well, this has taken over my life. I can’t sleep at night and have to take medication. It’s hard for me to leave the house and I’m always worried that he’ll come after me,” she wrote.

Legally the teen cannot be identified.

Her mother is also struggling with the emotional and legal upheaval.

“I was 100% confident that there were more people coming forward,” she said. “But at the same time I was surprised because I couldn’t believe how many more charges were brought forward.”

Shocked citizens have rallied for weeks at the two restaurants where the accused was manager, and which his family owns.

Those rallies were organized by the victim’s aunt who says they will continue despite Subway revoking the franchise agreement last week.

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“I’m not surprised,” the aunt said. “We knew that there were more girls who had come forward.”

“Knowing that he got out on bail again is what’s getting us this time.”

Stephen Lemmond, 47, a Subway restaurant manager in Barrie, faces 16 charges stemming from alleged sex assaults.
Stephen Lemmond, 47, a Subway restaurant manager in Barrie, faces 16 charges stemming from alleged sex assaults. Submitted

Another rally is planned for July 23 as part of her awareness campaign JusticeForTheGirls2021, which she said has spurred other girls to contact the family and then police.

“My family has been a big support to me but I’m aware that this will be a long process,” the 17 year old girl wrote. “But I am confident that I am going to be a survivor and not a victim.”

None of the allegations against the accused by the police or others have been proven in court.

Lemmond is scheduled to appear in court next on Aug. 9.

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