Sex assault suspect arrested in Nanaimo

The man suspected of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Nanaimo was arrested on the weekend.

The arrest stemmed from an incident that happened shortly after midnight May 1 when a girl became separated from her friends and was assaulted by a man on the Georgia Avenue Community School grounds.

Const. Gary O'Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said suspect, 28, was arrested at Swy-a-lana Lagoon Park at 10:13 p.m. Sunday. He was held in custody to appear in Nanaimo provincial court Tuesday to face a charge of sexual assault.

A publication ban prevents identifying the suspect or publishing any information that could lead to identifying the victim.

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