Town of Cobourg Employee Arrested

In the early morning of Saturday, September 11, 2021 Cobourg Police started an investigation into a Town of Cobourg Employee because of a complaint by a resident. Initially, the name of the man charged “was not released to protect the integrity of the investigation and ensure the victim’s privacy”. But today, Police announced that 27-year-old, Michael Dale Orleck of Hamilton Township has been arrested and charged with sexual assault, mischief to property under $5000 and criminal harassment.  This is because the investigation suggested there may be other victims so “the name and photo of the suspect are being released”. Police say that Orleck worked at the Cobourg Community Centre but is “currently prohibited from attending there until the conclusion of the court proceedings”.

Michael Orleck
Michael Orleck

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  • Orleck was released from custody with strict conditions and a court date in October of 2021.
  • Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sergeant John Linney at 905-372-6821 extension 2229 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by phone by calling 1-800-222-8477 or online by visiting
  • A sexual assault includes any non-consensual contact of a sexual nature.
  • Police would like to encourage anyone who feels they may have been a victim of a sexual assault to come forward and report the incident to police.
  • There is no statute of limitations for sexual offences, and offenders can be prosecuted well after the date of the offence.


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17 September 2021 8:12 am

poor vetting?

Reply to  greengrass
17 September 2021 12:46 pm

What questions would you have asked?

Reply to  greengrass
17 September 2021 2:03 pm

I doubt that…I understand he’s been a good employee for quite some time. He is innocent until proven guilty, except in the court of public opinion. Now that his name and picture have been published, it’ll be virtually impossible to get out from under this, even if he is completely exonerated.

Reply to  Rob
17 September 2021 4:13 pm

Based on what the Police Chief said there is a possibility there are other victims so they must have strong evidence.

Reply to  Concerned
18 September 2021 8:30 pm

Actually, I heard from a Town summer student that a female student had went to her Town supervisors complaining about sexual harassment from this individual earlier and her complaint was not dealt with.

Reply to  Kyle
18 September 2021 9:28 pm

She should go to the CAO then

Reply to  concerned
18 September 2021 10:52 pm

Or to the police.

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Reply to  greengrass
17 September 2021 4:06 pm

Really vetting through a criminal records check would tell you someone is going to do something like this? What vetting would you suggest pyshcological testing? 🤦‍♂️