Toronto man arrested over series of assaults on teenage girls

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A 29-year-old man has been arrested in Toronto in a series of assaults on women as young as 13 years old.

Police say Stephen Morin was involved in the sexual assault and battery of a 13-year-old girl on 26 August 2013, and on 18 and 20 April 2014.

They say they have many other victims who have either not come forward or are reluctant to testify.

One of the victims told a female police officer the crime happened twice during a three-month period.

Police said Mr Morin was arrested following a police investigation involving over 75 detectives.

During their investigation, they identified a number of other victims of Mr Morin – eight people in total – who were assaulted during that three-month period, between December 2013 and July 2014.

Mr Morin is currently in custody.

The alleged offences occurred at various locations, including the church where Mr Morin now works.

In a statement released on Thursday, the Guardian Church said it was deeply disturbed by the allegations made by the police.

“In addition to our daily outreach to our member’s families, this commitment involves working with the community and helping them with the difficulties that some members experience when attending church.

“Our church community is hurt, angered and shocked by this act of violence and sexual predation, and we continue to support those in need in order to face and overcome these challenges, with great hope that this will forever heal.”

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