UPDATE, NOV. 23: A 67-year-old private tutor wanted in connection with sexual offences against three children in Richmond Hill was arrested Monday at an airport after returning to Canada.
Allistair Martin-Smith of Hamilton faces three charges of sexual assault and three charges of sexual interference, police said.
Investigators believe that there may be more victims. Anyone with information is urged to come forward.
NOV. 15, 2022
York Regional Police has issued an arrest warrant for a 67-year-old private tutor from Hamilton in connection with sexual offences against three children in Richmond Hill.
Allistair Martin-Smith is wanted for three charges of sexual assault and three charges of sexual interference, police said.
Police received reports from two sets of parents Nov. 10 after their children disclosed they were sexually assaulted during private tutoring sessions.
Both families hired the same private tutor to provide lessons to their children in their homes in Richmond Hill, police said. All three victims were under the age of 16.
Investigators have been unable to locate the suspect and believe he may have left the country, police said.
Police believe there may be more victims. Anyone with information is urged to come forward.
A sexual assault includes any non-consensual contact of a sexual nature. York Regional Police would like to encourage anyone who feels they may have been a victim of a sexual assault to come forward and report the incident to police. There is no statute of limitations for sexual offences and offenders can be prosecuted well after the date of the offence. 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 .
If someone is not ready to report, however is seeking support, contact York Region Victim Services victimservices-york.org or the Women’s Support Network womenssupportnetwork.ca. Additional resources and information can be found on http://www.yrp.ca/en/services/resources/sexualassaultsurvivorsguide.pdf.
Anyone with information is asked to call the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7071 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.