Games centre sexual assault hits the legislature

A man who allegedly sexually assaulted a child in a Canada Games Centre change room last Thursday is behind bars pending a psychiatric assessment.

A man who allegedly sexually assaulted a child in a Canada Games Centre change room last Thursday is behind bars pending a psychiatric assessment.

William Everett, 30, was at the popular recreation centre that afternoon when he walked into a female change room, said RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Don Rogers.

He touched a nine-year-old girl who was in the building on a field trip. She quickly contacted a teacher and police were soon dispatched.

Everett was charged with sexual assault and sexual touching.

His case hit the legislature after it was revealed during a radio interview that Everett attends a group home and became separated from his case worker at the centre.

“Yukoners sending their children to the Canada Games Centre want to know the place is safe,” said Liberal Leader Arthur Mitchell in the legislature Monday.

“Obviously there was some sort of breakdown in the system,” he said.

“Has the minister launched a review of this incident to ensure all procedures were properly followed?”

Health and Social Services Minister Glenn Hart wants to wait until the court processes the case.

“We’ll wait for the comments to come from that situation and we’ll move forward from there,” he said.

Contact James Munson at

jamesm@yukon-news.com

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