Historic sexual assault charges laid against Welland man

A 62-year-old Welland man is facing a number of charges following an investigation by the NRPS Sexual Assault Unit into historic sexual assault allegations.

In late 2017, the Niagara Regional Police Service was contacted in regards to incidents which took place between 1974 and 1976.

On Friday, June 8/2018, 62-year-old William Swayze of the City of Welland turned himself into police and was subsequently charged with the following alleged offences:

  • Indecent Assault on a Female, contrary to Section 149(1) of the Criminal Code.
  • Gross Indecency, contrary to Section 157 of the Criminal Code.
  • Indecent Assault on a Male, contrary to Section 156 of the Criminal Code
  • Gross Indecency, contrary to Section 157 of the Criminal Code

Swayze was remanded into custody following a bail hearing on Saturday,June 9/2018.

Investigators have reason to believe there are more victims connected to this suspect; they are asking anyone with information to come forward and contact Detective Constable Brandon Southcott at (905) 688-4111, ext. 9358.

Source – Niagara Regional Police Service press release



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