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Police in Toronto charged a man with five counts of sexual assault in the span of just a quarter of an hour. According to reports, the first incident of sexual assault was called in at 1 p.m., and the man in question was taken into custody by officers at around 1:15 p.m. Several women reported the incident, and the man was also charged with breach of recognizance-peace bond. A court date was set for the following morning. More women may have been involved as well.
The incident reportedly occurred on Queen Street West and Dovercourt Road in the middle of the week and the middle of the afternoon. Daylight assault cases are generally rare, and what prompted the incident was not listed in the report.
In cases like these, it’s always possible for the person who was arraigned to have not had a clean bill of mental health or to have been under a toxic influence at the time. The initially reported facts are often incorrect or exaggerated. Sexual assault carries a larger than average penalty, and cases with multiple charges can compound the penalties even further.
If you are facing criminal charges, having a lawyer on your side will allow you to approach any charges laid from a standpoint of legal defense and get to the bottom of the facts of the case. Arrests are not final judgements; anyone arrested is always innocent until proven guilty, and police will often attempt to elicit unprompted confessions and evidence from a suspect until they request legal advice, putting a detained individual in a tough spot.
Source: CP24, “Toronto Police Arrest Sex Assault Suspect,” Ashley Stennett, 29 April 2013