Guilty plea expected from former First Nations chief

Felix Arnouse, former chief of the Little Shuswap Indian Band, was charged with sexual assault following an alleged incident in Chase on Aug. 26, 2018. He is expected to plead guilty to assault on Jan. 31

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 Indian Band, was charged with sexual assauilt following an alleged incident in Chase on Aug. 26, 2018.

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The charge was laid on Oct. 1.

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.

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