On May 15 2023, a 15-year-old female reported to the Belleville Police that she was sexually assaulted in the downtown core of Belleville by an unknown male.
The Belleville Police Service has conducted a comprehensive investigation into this serious allegation. Following the investigation with assistance from Uniform Patrol, the Criminal Investigations Division, the School Response Officer and the Community Resource Unit, the Belleville Police Service has concluded that the allegation of sexual assault did not occur.
In lieu of criminal code charges for Public Mischief, the complainant will be diverted from the court system and connected with various social supports.
The Belleville Police Service would like to thank everyone in the community who assisted with this investigation. We take these allegations of criminal activity very seriously. The resources dispensed in this investigation were significant.
Below is the original media release from May 16 2023.
Sexual Assault – Seeking Public’s Assistance to Identify Suspect
The Belleville Police Service is seeking the assistance of the public in identifying the suspect responsible for a sexual assault which occurred in the downtown core on the 15th of May 2023.
Between 11:00am and 12:00pm, a 15-year-old female was walking in the area of Front St and Campbell St when she was approached by an unknown male. The male began speaking to the female but then proceeded to push her up against a wall and sexually assault her. The victim was able to physically fend the suspect off. The victim did not suffer any physical injuries.
The male is described as 30-40 years old, dark coloured hair, having a dark “bushy” beard and wearing a green army style jacket with lots of pockets and a blue ball cap.
Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect and are requesting anyone with video footage of the area or dash board cameras from vehicles that may have been area near the time of the occurrence to contact Constable Stein at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-966-0882 x 4191 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.