Toronto man charged with sexual assault at church

A Toronto man has been arrested and charged in connection with sexual assaults that occurred at a community church in northeast Toronto, police said on Monday. Officers were dispatched to a church in North…

Toronto man charged with sexual assault at church

A Toronto man has been arrested and charged in connection with sexual assaults that occurred at a community church in northeast Toronto, police said on Monday.

Officers were dispatched to a church in North York in the early hours of Sunday morning after a man claiming to be a congregant called 911 to report a sexual assault.

Investigators said the suspect entered the church grounds with the intention of sexually assaulting congregants who were sleeping in the pews. The suspect allegedly demanded oral sex from the individuals and was in possession of alcohol and drugs at the time of the incident.

A second man, who was also allegedly involved in the incident, was also arrested shortly afterwards on separate charges unrelated to the incident at the church.

The two victims have been identified but police are seeking public assistance to locate the other victims, officers said in a statement.

Daniel Beavers, 31, was charged with five counts of sexual assault.

Beavers remains in custody. His next court appearance is scheduled for 30 January in Toronto.

Toronto police said they expect to release more information on the investigation in the coming days.

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