Man charged with sex assault, distributing images

Police have charged a man in relation to two sexual assaults that occurred in Halifax.

In June, police received reports from two separate victims who had been sexually assaulted by a man on separate occasions between March 2018 and June 2020 at residences in Halifax. The man also created intimate images of the woman.

On July 29 Investigators arrested the man without incident and searched a residence on Cornwallis Street in Halifax and seized electronic devices. Investigators from the Sexual Assault Investigative Team of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division have charged Andrew Thomas Stones, 29, a Halifax-area tattoo artist, with one count of assault, two counts of sexual assault and two counts of distributing intimate images. Stones is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court at a later date.

Sexual assault investigations are complex. As part of our victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to sexualized violence, we work closely with victims to determine if they wish to proceed with an investigation and charges. Police must also ensure the victim’s privacy is upheld and their well-being is fully considered.

Source: Release

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