Hamilton, Ontario ,

Composite Sketch Assists Police with Arrest of Youth for Sexual Assault

A 17-year-old Hamilton youth has been arrested and charged with sexual assault after police were able to link him to two similar sexual assaults during the summer.

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, an adult female reported being sexually assaulted by a male on a skateboard along the Waterfront Bayfront trail in central Hamilton. A police investigation led to a 17-year-old male youth being arrested at the scene of that offence.

The incident was similar in nature to the one described by an adult female in a West Hamilton sexual assault on August 16, 2018. A composite image of the suspect was released at that time.

The composite image released was instrumental in linking the youth to a third sexual assault that also occurred on August 16, 2018. As a result of these three investigations, the Hamilton youth has been charged with two counts of Sexual Assault.

The Hamilton Police Sexual Assault Unit believes there may be other victims and is asking anyone with information to contact Detective Carolyne Rashford of the Sexual Assault Unit at 905-546-4614.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com

There is no guaranteed way to prevent a sexual assault. Sharing the details of this assault is intended to provide the community information, and people are encouraged to trust their instincts. For confidential support, please call the Sexual Assault Centre's 24-hour support line at (905)525-4162; connect at www.sacha.ca, the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre at www.hhsc.ca/sadv or the Centre de santé communautaire www.cschn.ca