The Williams Lake RCMP have arrested a suspect in relation to several complaints of inappropriate touching and sexual assault that occurred within the city of Williams Lake during April 2012.
RCMP received a number of reports from female victims who were confronted and attacked while out in public places.
Since the initial report of the first incident, on April 9, the Williams Lake RCMP have been investigating these crimes, immediately dedicating numerous investigators to bring these crimes to a successful conclusion.
Police say that it is through these measures and with the assistance of local media that public awareness was heighten and no further women were victimized.
While there were no further reports of any similar assaults past April 11 the Williams Lake detachment’s Serious Crime Unit continued to aggressively investigate the crimes.
It was through these continued efforts and vigilance of the entire Williams Lake RCMP detachment and the community that a primary suspect was identified, the RCMP say.
“This investigation struck to the core of public safety and was made a priority for the investigational team,” says Staff Sgt. Ken Brissard of the Williams Lake RCMP.
The suspect, a 14-year-old male, has been released from custody, to his guardian, on strict conditions and is being closely monitored by police and his bail supervisor.
As the person is a youth, police can not release his name or any other details regarding the identity of the accused.
The investigation is still ongoing; however, the youth is to appear in court to face charges of sexual assault.
The Williams Lake RCMP would like to thank all those who contacted police and provided information regarding the assaults.