Sexual assault suspect trial date set

NANAIMO – A 38-year-old man arrested for allegedly groping a woman near Vancouver Island University will stand trial at the end of May.

A 38-year-old man arrested for allegedly groping a woman near Vancouver Island University will stand trial at the end of May.

The incident happened Feb. 21 at about 11 a.m. when a 23-year-old university student walking along a foot path near the Rotary Bowl running track noticed a man standing over a bicycle.

He struck up a conversation with her as she passed by and began walking with her.

When he allegedly grabbed her buttocks and chest, she fled and reported the incident to campus security.

Based on her description, police arrested a suspect less than an hour later.

Daniel Raymond Sasseville, charged with one count of sexual assault, will stand trial in Nanaimo provincial court on May 31.