Police charge man in sexual assault of child

Investigators with the Sexual Assault In­vestigation Team of the Integrated Crimi­nal Investigation Di­vision have charged a man in relation to the sexual assault of a child that occu­rred last month in Halifax.


At 7:20 p.m. on Augu­st 22, police receiv­ed a report that ear­lier in the day, a male employee at the Kids & Company dayca­re located at 3260 Barrington Street in Halifax touched one of the children in a sexual manner while the child was in his care. We are not disclosing the age or sex of the victim in order to protect the child’s identity. Police were advised that the man was su­spended the same day that the incident was reported.


At 10:28 a.m. on Sep­tember 7, 20-year-old Mitchell Casavechia of Cole Harbour tu­rned himself in at Police Headquarters. He faces one count each of sexual assault and sexual interfe­rence and is schedul­ed to appear in Hali­fax Provincial Court on October 26. He was released on numer­ous conditions which include not going to any daycare, playg­round or school, and to not be around any youth under the age of 16-years-old, except when in the co­mpany of their paren­t.


Sexual assault inves­tigations are very complex, particularly those that involve young children. As part of our victim-ce­ntered, trauma-infor­med approach to sexu­alized violence, we work closely with vi­ctims, and with their families as approp­riate, to ensure the­y’re willing to proc­eed with a police in­vestigation, which includes giving a sta­tement about the inc­ident and providing a description of the suspect if possible. Police must also ensure the victim’s privacy is upheld and well-being is fully considered; sexual assault investigators have been taking these measures since the incident was fir­st reported, and we’­re now in a position to report this inci­dent to the public.


Source: Media Release

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