Toronto police arrest man in connection with alleged sex assaults at Catholic church

A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a string of alleged sexual assaults at a downtown Toronto church, police said Monday.

Officers were notified late Sunday afternoon of “alleged criminal acts” that took place over a period of time at St. James Catholic Church, Eglinton Avenue West and Front Street West, between 2013 and April 19, Toronto Police said in a statement.

Toronto Police

Toronto Police

“As a result of that investigation, a man was arrested last night at a residence in the city’s west end,” the statement said.

The suspect has been identified as Tyler Surozenski, 24, who was arrested and charged with seven counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual interference.

Six of the sexual assaults allegedly took place between 2013 and last week. The first alleged assault occurred on Sept. 15, 2014, police said.

It’s not yet clear if Surozenski is the suspect in the many other alleged assaults.

Police also said the suspect “has no known connection to the victims or church.”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Toronto Police Service’s hate crimes unit at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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