Church in Canada ‘shocked and hurt’ by sexual assault charges

Christian church in Mississauga, Ontario, believes one of its current staff members is the perpetrator A man has been arrested in connection with multiple alleged sexual assaults at a North York church dating back…

Church in Canada 'shocked and hurt' by sexual assault charges

Christian church in Mississauga, Ontario, believes one of its current staff members is the perpetrator

A man has been arrested in connection with multiple alleged sexual assaults at a North York church dating back to 2013.

The first incident occurred at St. Thomas de Chambord church in Mississauga, Ontario, on 11 January 2013, and a second alleged assault was reported in August 2016, Peel Regional Police said.

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A male member of the congregation had been arrested and appeared in court on Saturday. Police believe one of his current staff members was responsible.

“He is charged with multiple offences including sexual assault, forcible confinement, sexual interference, sexual assault with a weapon, child exploitation and uttering threats,” Constable Saed Farha said in a statement.

Police do not believe there are other victims.

“We are aware of the ongoing investigation,” said the Rev Andrew O’Connell, the principal of St. Thomas de Chambord, in a statement to the Toronto Star. “The allegations relate to incidents which happened more than two years ago. Our community is shocked and hurt by this troubling matter.”

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