Suspect charged with sexual assault against youth
We have arrested and charged a man in relation to a sexual assault believed to have taken place in the southeast community of Forest Lawn.
At approximately 8:20 a.m., on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, a 14-year-old girl was approached by an unknown man while walking to school near the 4800 block of 14 Avenue S.E. The man engaged the girl in conversation and after a short interaction, it is believed the suspect made a physical advance towards the victim and touched her inappropriately.
The victim attempted to walk away from the suspect while he continued to make physical advances. Once the victim approached her school, the suspect walked in a different direction and the victim immediately reported the assault to school authorities who contacted police. The School Resource Officer assigned to this school was nearby and along with patrol officers, located and arrested the suspect.
As a result, Hussein FARHAN, 27, has been charged with one count each of sexual assault, sexual interference, intimidation, and two counts of breach of a probation order.
“We commend the victim for her quick thinking during this alarming situation,” said Staff Sergeant Travis Baker of the Calgary Police Service General Investigation Unit. “The details she provided to police aided in the suspect’s swift apprehension.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the CPS non-emergency line at 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:
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Everyone should feel safe in our city and we would like to share the below safety information with parents and children.
· Teach your children who is a safe adult. Have a conversation with your child about who a stranger is, and how even people known to them could still be dangerous. In the past we’ve talked with children a lot about “stranger danger,” however we now know that many child abductions are actually committed by people the child already knows. The important message to teach your children is to not go anywhere with anyone without first getting permission from you.
· Show your children safe places in the community. Point out safe places in your community that your children can go to for help if they need it. These places could include police, fire and EMS stations, schools, community centres, businesses, or even trusted neighbours. It’s important for children to have multiple places they can go to in an emergency.
· If an attempted abduction happens, teach your children to actively resist, shout out loud and draw attention to themselves. Make sure they know where to go for help or how to call police.