The Calgary Police Service (CPS) has have charged a Calgary man with sexual assaults that took place over a decade ago, when he was a teen church leader.
According to the police, the man, who is now adult, and frequently works alone with children at church, has been charged in relation to sexual assaults that occurred approximately 10 years ago.
“In August 2023, a child victim, who is now an adult, came forward to police to report multiple instances of sexual assault that happened between 2011 and 2013”, the police said in a Wednesday news release.
The police believes the sexual assault took place at the EI Renacer Church where the victim was a member, as well as a residence in the northwest community of Panorama Hills. Investigators believe the victim, who was seven years old at the time, was forced into unwanted sexual acts by the accused.
The accused who cannot be named under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act because he was a youth at the time, has been charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of invitation to sexual touching with a child under 16 years old.
The police says there is no time limit on when sexual assault cases can be reported in Canada. They urge anyone who believes they are a victim of sexual assault to report it, even if many years may have passed since the incident.
The police are asking anyone with information about this incident or any similar cases to report to the police by calling 403-266-1234 or submit anonymous tips on Crime Stoppers.
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