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BREAKING: Leigh Ann de Ruiter granted bail after being charged with three counts of sexual assault

After being charged with three counts of sexual assault earlier this week, Leigh Ann de Ruiter was granted bail on March 15.
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Leigh Ann de Ruiter, 64, was granted bail today after being charged with three counts of sexual assault on Tuesday, March 13.

de Ruiter's charges are connected to three separate incidents that her husband, Johannes (John) de Ruiter, the self-proclaimed spiritual leader of the Edmonton- and St.Albert-based Oasis Group, was also charged in relation to back in January by the Edmonton Police Service (EPS).

John de Ruiter, 63, who is also facing a fourth count of sexual assault, was arrested and charged on Jan. 21 and granted bail on Jan. 27. 

The charges laid on the de Ruiters have not been proven in court, however an EPS news release from March 13 says the charges stem from incidents that occurred between 2017 and 2020.

“Investigators believe there may be additional complainants, and are encouraging them to come forward,” the EPS release says.

“Anyone who believes they have been victimized by either of the two accused is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at”

Jack Farrell

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Jack Farrell joined the St. Albert Gazette in May, 2022.
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