Man arrested for sex assault in Nanaimo

A Fort McMurray, Alberta, man has been charged for an alleged sex assault in Nanaimo.

The incident happened Sunday at the Days Inn on Nicol Street.

Police said the suspect, who checked in to the hotel two days prior to the incident, asked the front desk clerk, 21, for directions. While she was looking them up online, the suspect came around the counter to stand next to her and then started pushing against her and rubbing her back in a sexual manner.

The woman broke free, fled the office and told another employee who called police.

Brian Arnold Maclean, 62, was arrested and appeared before a provincial court judge Monday charged with one count of sexual assault.

Maclean was held in custody to make his second appearance in Nanaimo provincial court today (Oct. 11).

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

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