Past News > April 18, 2005

ARREST MADE IN STRING OF SEXUAL ASSAULTS IN MISSISSAUGA

Originator:

D/Sgt. Stephen Patterson
Child Abuse/Sexual Assault Bureau
(905) 453-2121 ext. 3460

Re: Public Advisory - 05-084
Date: April 16, 2005

Contact:

Sgt. Todd Moore
Media Relations Bureau
(905) 453-2121 ext. 4027

Time: upon receipt

Mississauga - Peel Regional Police Child Abuse and Sexual Assault investigators have arrested and charged a 20 year old Mississauga man, in relation to a string of alleged sexual assaults on females ranging in the age of 10 years old to 53 years old. The assaults occurred in the Mississauga area between September 2004 and April 2005.

On Friday, April 15th, 2005, a male party was observed by staff members in the stairwell of an elementary school on Havenwood Drive in Mississauga. Staff members approached the suspicious male who then fled the school. Police were notified and quickly converged on the area and subsequently arrested the individual. An extensive investigation into this individual was conducted by members of the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Task Force which resulted in the laying of 31 counts of sexual related offences.

Peel Regional Police are committed to working with partners within the community, and look forward to the mutually beneficial results to be gained through the ongoing partnership with Sheridan College.

Hernan AGUIRRE, 20 years old, from Havenwood Drive, Mississauga has been charged with Sexual Assault (15 counts), Sexual Interference (2 counts), Forcible Confinement (8 counts), Wear a Disguise (5 counts) and Threaten Death (1 count). AGUIRRE appeared for a bail hearing on Saturday, April 16th, 2005, at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton and was remanded in custody until Monday, April 18th, 2005.

A photograph of AGUIRRE can be seen by clicking on CNW .

Chief Noel P. Catney of the Peel Regional Police stated, "This investigation has been a top priority for our organization. Our goal is to achieve the safest environment possible and work in collaboration with all our citizens, to achieve and maintain this enviable standard. I wish to personally commend all of the police officers, who in a most diligent and professional fashion have dedicated themselves to the successful resolution of this probe. I am truly impressed with the level of assistance and cooperation that has been continually afforded to our police service by the residents of Mississauga, during this most trying and difficult period of time."

A Community Safety Alert that was issued on February 2nd, 2005, for all citizens of Mississauga, especially those living in the area of Bloor Street and Dixie Road area has been cancelled.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3460, or Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS/8477.

For further information: Frederick Biro, Executive Director 905-458-1340