UPDATE:
RCMP say the sexual assault reported on Thursday has been proven not to have occurred.
A 14 yr old girl reported the incident to police in the area of James St and York Rd on her way to her school. Police say the allegation was treated seriously and investigated thoroughly over the last 24 hrs and has been proven that this reported sexual assault did not take place.
The suspect that was taken in to custody has been released without charge and there is no risk to the public at this time.
ORIGINAL POST:
A 40 year old man is in police custody after a scary incident near Cowichan Secondary School’s Quamichan campus.

A 14 year old girl was on her way to school and reported she was forced into a nearby business, where a man began to sexually assault her. The girl broke free from her attacker, fled the area, and reported the incident immediately to school staff.

The Cowichan Valley School District say the girl is being offered supports following the incident. Superintendent Rod Allen says buses will be available to shuttle students between the two campuses.

There will also be extra supervision at lunch time and RCMP will increase their presence around the area after school.