Police: Child-molesting man used a pseudonym at Toronto church

Toronto police have arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting children at a north Toronto church, news reports say.

The man, Alexandre Bouchard, 44, has been charged with 15 counts of indecent assault, six counts of gross indecency and three counts of sexual assault, according to media reports.

Police alleged Bouchard assaulted two children at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in the northern suburb of North York, Canada’s national broadcaster, CTV, reported.

He is believed to have committed the alleged crimes between 2013 and 2017. Investigators believe there may be other victims, CTV reported.

CBC News also reported that Bouchard has other connections to Toronto. Police were contacted after one of the alleged victims contacted them, the broadcaster reported.

In a news release, police said Bouchard used a pseudonym in “some of the Church activities.”

“We are very grateful to the member of the public who came forward, and to the Church community for its assistance with this investigation,” Deputy Chief Gordon Ramsay said in the release.

Charges against Bouchard were laid Dec. 8, CBC News reported.

Bouchard was given bail on $10,000 cash. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 16.

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