Dryden Man Arrested for Sexual Assault on Person under 16-Years-Old

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DRYDEN – NEWS – Dryden OPP have laid sexual assault charges against a 65-year-old man following a complaint made on September 03, 2019, when officers with the Dryden Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a sexual assault complaint. The Northwest Region Crime Unit investigated the complaint.

On September 4, 2019, 65-year-old Walter HASTINGS of Dryden, Ontario was arrested and charged with the following offences under the Criminal Code:

  • Sexual Interference, Section 151;
  • Invitation to Sexual Touching under 16 years of age, Section 152; and with
  • Sexual Assault on a person under 16 years of age, Section 271

The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sioux Lookout on September 6, 2019, to answer to the charges.

If anyone has any information about the accused in relation to sexual offences, please contact the Dryden OPP at 807-937-5577 or 888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or access their website at http://www.p3tips.com/273 where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Victims of sexual assault are not alone. If you need support or know someone that does, there are local resources here to help. You can contact the Kenora Sexual Assault Centre at 1-800-565-6161.  A toll-free call can also be placed to the Assaulted Women’s Helpline at 1-866-863-0511 where your information will remain anonymous and confidential. If you are in an immediate crisis, dial 9-1-1.

None of the charges has been proven in a court of law.

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