Former Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band Chief Felix Arnouse is scheduled to enter a guilty plea to assault later this month. Arnouse is shown here in 2013 when he still held the office of chief. (File photo)

Guilty plea expected from former Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band chief

Felix Arnouse was charged with sexual assault but is expected instead to plead guilty to assault

  • Jan. 8, 2019 11:56 a.m.

Kamloops This Week

This story has been corrected from its original version

A former Secwepemc First Nations chief is expected to plead guilty later this month to a charge of assault.

Felix Arnouse, former chief of the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band, was charged with sexual assault following an alleged incident in Chase on Aug. 26, 2018.

The charge was laid on Oct. 1.

Related:Former BC First Nations chief charged with sexual assault

According to court records, Arnouse is scheduled to plead guilty to assault during an appearance in Kamloops provincial court on Jan. 31.

None of the details of the allegation against Arnouse have been made public and the name of the complainant, identified by initials in court documents, is protected by a court-ordered ban on publication.

Arnouse, who will turn 73 in February, was Little Shuswap chief for more than 25 years. He last led the band in 2014.

He is not in custody.

Editor’s note: This story has been edited to correct the charge to which Arnouse is expected to plead guilty on Jan. 31.


@SalmonArm
jim.elliot@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Vernon growth looking solid

City comes off impressive year for buidling permits, both residential and commercial

Vernon roads close for Utility Rehabilitation Project

Road closures begin Monday, March 25 and will continue until Friday, June 28.

United Way executive director from Vernon heads into retirement

Linda Yule saying goodbye after 25 years with North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap organization

FMX World Tour comes to Vernon

Tickets go on sale Monday March 25 at 9 a.m.

Call out for Tim Hortons North Okanagan athletic award winners

Nominations sought for North Okanagan athlete, team and leadership awards

Fierce feline spotted as ‘aggressor’ in face off with coyote in B.C. backyard

North Vancouver resident Norm Lee captures orange cat versus coyote in backyard showdown

Second case of measles reported in the B.C. Interior

Case is connected to an earlier measles case in 100 Mile House

Cheetahs will not prosper in Creston: Permit rejected for two big cats

Earl Pfeifer owns two cheetahs, one of which escaped in December 2015

Rat problem arises in the Shuswap

Traps repeatedly selling out as Chase residents deal with unwelcome rodents

GM announces jobs, electric vehicle after Trump criticism

The company says it will spend $300 million at its plant in Orion Township

Explore the sunken treasures of the Shuswap

Divers explore historic boats and a Ford Model T that broke through lake ice while on a delivery

Trucker who caused Broncos crash likely to be deported: lawyer

The Crown has asked that Sidhu serve 10 years in prison

World Water Day: Special challenge issued to youth to be climate conscious

Friday, March 22, the Okanagan Basin Water Board is issuing a special challenge

China chemical plant blast kills 47, injures hundreds more

This is one of China’s worst industrial accidents in recent years

Most Read