Charges laid following sexual assault in Vaughan

Investigators with the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit have charged a 48-year-old man following a sexual assault that occurred in the City of Vaughan.

The incident was reported to have occurred on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, shortly after 9 p.m., when a 23-year-old female was walking on a pathway on the east side of Islington Avenue, south of Napa Valley Avenue. However, investigation has clarified the victim attended a residence of a person she knew and that’s where the sexual assault occurred. The victim suffered non-life-threatening physical injuries.

Investigators identified the suspect and on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at 9 p.m., he was arrested at his residence in the City of Vaughan. Investigators believe that this sexual assault was targeted and that there is no risk to community safety.

The accused’s name will not be released to protect the identity of the victim.

A 48-year-old man from the City of Vaughan has been charged with Sexual Assault Causing Bodily Harm, and Assault Causing Bodily Harm.

A sexual assault includes any non-consensual contact of a sexual nature. York Regional 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.

If you are the survivor of sexual assault, you can report the incident online if: You are not in danger; The person who assaulted you is not present; There is no evidence present that may be collected by police (blood, semen, saliva, etc.). Evidence can be collected for up to 12 days after the sexual assault has occurred; You have access to a private email address, to which the suspect does not have access.

Use the following link for more information and to make an online report:
https://www.yrp.ca/en/Online-Reporting.asp

Anyone with information is asked to call the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit – Sexual Assault Section at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7071, or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

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