Teen charged with sex assault
Crime: Mother speaks out over charges
By: Don Patterson
| Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 10:43 am
An Okotoks mother is urging parents to keep an eye on their children at local parks, saying her daughter was assaulted at a playground near her home.
RCMP have laid several charges against a 16-year-old male in relation to allegations he sexually assaulted two young girls in a Cimarron area park.
Okotoks RCMP Sgt. Donna Rorison would not to discuss specifics of the case, but she confirmed the 16-year-old male remains in custody.
The teen is facing two counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference and two counts of invitation to sexual touching. He cannot be identified under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
While police aren’t discussing details, an Okotoks woman told the Western Wheel her five-year-old daughter was at a playground near her home with her brother and a friend last month when a teenage male approached them.
“My daughter jumped down off the monkey bars and went to run home and he grabbed her and her friend by the arm,” she said.
The Western Wheel is not identifying the mother to protect the identity of the victims in this case. She alleged the teen assaulted her daughter and her friend behind a bush in the park. She said her daughter got away and ran home.
The mother said her daughter was acting strangely after the incident and told her mother what happened the next day.
“My daughter and I have good, open communication and I could just see she was frightened to tell me,” she said. “I know well enough to know something was going on.”
When her daughter saw the teen at the playground the next day the mother confronted the boy. She said he got away, but police caught him soon after.
She is now urging parents in town to talk to their children if they have noticed any unusual changes in their children’s behavior or to see if they experienced a similar assault in a park or public location in town.
She is urging parents to make sure they are aware of where their children are and who they are with when out at parks and playgrounds.