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Social networking makes it easier than ever for those looking to meet someone to find a like-minded companion. But when two strangers get together, sometimes intentions are misunderstood, and things can go awry. Allegations of sexual assault are stemming from such an encounter this past spring.
A Toronto man is facing accusations from a man he met on a social networking site in April 2016. The 32-year old accused is alleged to have drugged and assaulted the 24-year old complainant on two separate occasions. The men met in person after connecting on Grindr, an app used by gay and bisexual men to connect with other men in their area.
According to police, the suspect gave an intoxicating substance to the other man before carrying out the assaults. Other men may also have been involved in the assaults, but they have yet to be identified. The accused was arrested July 30 and charged with three counts of assault, two counts of overcoming resistance by administering a drug, two counts of sexual assault, publishing an intimate image without consent, intimidation and uttering threats. Due to the seriousness of the accusations, the police have released the suspect’s name and photo to the public in hopes of reaching other possible victims.
If convicted, the accused assailant in this case could be facing extended jail time. Proving himself innocent will not be easy given the depth of the allegations. Sexual assault is a serious crime, and anyone brought up on charges as weighty as these could benefit from engaging the services of a criminal defense professional who is knowledgeable about current trends and the Toronto scene.
Source: Toronto Sun, “Man drugged, sexually assaulted after Grindr meetup: Cops“, Chris Doucette, August 5, 2016