A 52-year-old Kingston and is facing charges after he sexually assaulted a teenage victim whom he’d invited into his apartment.
On Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, the victim was in the downtown core and upset after an argument with a friend. The accused man, whom she did not know, approached her and eventually bought her a meal and attempted to console her, according to a press release from Kingston Police.
The victim agreed to go to the apartment of the accused man to see his pet turtle, Police said, but when the victim said she had to go, the accused man locked the deadbolt on his door before she could get to it. The man then began unwanted sexual contact. It was only after the victim restated that she had to go and promised to return that the accused man let her leave.
Kingston Police Sex Assault and Child Abuse Unit began an investigation after the incident was reported, and on Monday, Oct. 22, the accused man was located and arrested. He is charged with forcible confinement and sexual assault.
Kingston Police have released the following statement:
Kingston Police want to let victims of sexual assault know that it is their choice to disclose the incident to police. If you have been sexually assaulted or abused and are uncertain what to do, please attend the hospital and see the caring and compassionate staff at the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence clinic (SADV). The staff can help you with counselling and coping strategies in addition to providing testing for sexually transmitted diseases and providing access to HIV medication. If you are willing the staff will also complete the sexual assault evidence kit. Evidence can be collected up to twelve days following a sexual assault. Depending on the circumstances it may be possible for DNA evidence to be obtained from clothing after it has been washed. Your confidentiality is guaranteed and police will only be contacted by the hospital if you request it at the time. The SADV clinic will store the contents of the kit for a preliminary period of 6 months which offers a victim time to gather information on the process and decide on how they want to proceed.
No one has the right to abuse another person. Victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and witnesses are encouraged to contact Kingston Police. The following links offer valuable support services and resources in the Kingston area for victims of domestic and/or sexual violence:
- Kingston Police (613-549-4660)
- Kingston Police Path of Strength Smartphone App https://www.kingstonpolice.ca/services-resources/victim-services/#path_of_strength
- Kingston Interval House
- Kingston Sexual Assault Centre
- Resolve Counselling Services Canada
- KFACC (Kingston Frontenac Anti-violence Coordinating Committee) http://kfacc.org/
- Victim Services of Kingston and Frontenac (613-548-4834) http://victimservicesontario.ca/
- Addiction & Mental Health Services – Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington
- Ministry of the Attorney General – Violence in the Family https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/violence.php
- Ministry of the Attorney General – Victim Services Directory http://services.findhelp.ca/ovss/
- Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres https://www.sadvtreatmentcentres.ca/