Man arrested for sexual assault after the 15-year-old victim calls police in distress

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OTTAWA — Today, the Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit (SACA) charged a man with sexual offences following an investigation.

On January 23 a worker from the Child Aid Society (CAS) contacted police reporting that a 15-year-old girl had contacted them advising she was in distress and wanted help.

Frontline officers attended a business in the 400 block of Tweedsmuir Avenue shortly after 4 p.m., spoke to a man who claimed to be alone inside the unit of concern; and police soon located the 15-year-old victim hiding beside a bed.

Further investigation revealed that the victim had attended the location between January 21-23.

Michel Levesque, 35, of Ottawa was charged with Sexual Assault on a person under 16 years of age, Sexual Interference and Invitation to sexual touching. He is scheduled to appear in court today.

The investigation continues and SACA investigators are concerned there could be more victims.

The Ottawa Police will respect a victim’s wishes to pursue or not pursue the matter before the courts.  The reporting of these incidents by victims to police is key for investigators to identify suspects and determine crime trends.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Ottawa Police Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.

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