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article imageToronto teen charged in multiple sexual assaults

By KJ Mullins     Oct 22, 2012 in Crime
Toronto - A teen boy, 15, has been charged with a series of sexual assaults that started in August 16 ending with the arrest this weekend in the Bloor and Christie-area of Toronto.
"We left no stone unturned," Chief Blair said Monday at a police news conference about the arrest of a youthful offender in a series of sexual assaults.
The Toronto Police Service worked with the community and this arrest could not have been made without the support of the community's support said during a press conference at Toronto Police Headquarters. He also said that women officers put themselves at risk to find this suspect.
"These were serious sexual assaults and put fear in the community," Blair said.
On Saturday night the youth was arrested after a woman was attacked near Bloor Street West and Roxton Road. Chief Blair said that the suspect was arrested at the scene of the assault.
"We are very confident that we have the person who committed these acts," Blair said.
Staff Inspector Mary Lee Metcalfe said that the police are very limited in the information released because of the suspect's young age.
The youth has been charged with sexual assault and two counts of criminal harassment. Canada's Youth Criminal Justice Act prohibits the boy from being identified.
Before alerting the public of the arrest the police alerted the victims of the crimes and conducted a search warrant on Sunday.
The sexual assaults occurred in the geographical area bounded by Barton Avenue to the north, Ossington Avenue to the west, Palmerston Avenue to the east, and College Street to the south.
The suspect always approached women from behind, sexually assaulted and then fled the scene.
Blair was questioned why the information was not released earlier by a member of the media. Blair could not contain his anger at the question responding that the police's main concern this weekend was to inform the victims of the assault first and that the police operate on the victims concerns and not for the media's concerns.
On Saturday the police were in force in the area to stop this criminal. The arrest was not a sting who could have been victimized and one woman was assaulted, it's not known if that victim was a police officer.
The investigation is ongoing. There is a possibility that there are other victims that Chief Blair hopes will come forward.
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