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Quebec man accused of sexually assaulting two youth at Wonderland in 2002

Police say he assaulted the youth in washroom facilities at the park
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NEWS RELEASE
YORK REGIONAL POLICE
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Investigators with the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit - Cold Case Section, have laid charges against a 62-year-old man for sexual assaults that occurred in 2002 in the City of Vaughan.

On Aug. 27, 2002, an eight-year-old boy went to use a washroom inside of Canada’s Wonderland near the waterpark. Once inside, a man took the boy into a stall and sexually assaulted him. Later that same day, a seven-year-old boy went to use a washroom near the exit of the park. The same man was inside of the washroom, took the boy into one of the stalls and sexually assaulted him. Investigators worked on the case at the time, but were unable to identify a suspect.

In September 2018, investigators with the Special Victims Unit - Cold Case Section, reviewed the case. Through further investigation a possible suspect was identified. On March 19, 2019, officers with the Surete Du Quebec arrested the suspect at his residence and he was transported to York Region.

Charged:
    •    Roger Boisse, 62, Saint-Pierre, Que.

Charges:
    •    Sexual assault x2
    •    Sexual interference x2
    •    Invitation to sexual touching

The accused has been released on bail and will be appearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on May 16, 2019.

A sexual assault includes any non-consensual contact of a sexual nature. York Regional Police encourages victims to report incidents of sexual assault, including historical offences. There is no statute of limitations for sexual offences and offenders can be prosecuted well after the date of the offence. York Regional Police understands that while sexual assaults often cause long-lasting trauma, survivors may have difficulty speaking about incidents with friends, family members, or police officers. We want to bring sexual assault cases to a resolution by conducting professional and thorough investigations, while also providing assistance and the resources necessary to support victims during this period of recovery.

If you are the survivor of sexual assault, you can report the incident online if:
    •    You are not in immediate danger
    •    The person who assaulted you is not present
    •    There is no evidence present that may be collected by police (blood, semen, saliva, etc.). Evidence can be collected for up to 12 days after the sexual assault has occurred
    •    You have access to a private email address, to which the suspect does not have access

If someone is not ready to report, however is seeking support, please contact York Region Victim Services or the Women’s Support Network. Additional resources and information can also be found on our website.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Sexual Assault Section at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7071, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, or leave an anonymous tip online.

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