Man charged in Halloween sexual assault

A 22-year-old Toronto man has been charged with sexual assault following an incident that took place in the lobby of a Richmond Hill apartment building on Halloween night.

On Wednesday, Oct. 31 at about 8 p.m., an unknown man approached two young girls in the lobby of an apartment building at 45 Baif Blvd. near Yonge Street and Weldrick Road West, York Regional Police report.

He talked to the children and then sexually assaulted one of them. He encouraged the victim to return later that evening. Pirasan Sanmugavadivel turned himself into police on Saturday, Nov. 24 and was charged with sexual assault, two counts of criminal harassment and breach of probation. He was released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court in Newmarket on December 28.

Police have released the accused’s picture to ensure there are no more victims. Anyone with information should contact the #2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7241, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

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