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Charges Laid in Sexual Assault in Duncan Fast Food Restaurant

The North Cowichan Duncan RCMP is investigating a sexual assault November 4th at a fast food restaurant on the TransCanada Highway.

The RCMP say the assault happened when “an elderly man attempted to touch a 13 year old female for a sexual purpose.”

Police say it happened during the lunch hour when many people were present, including a number of youth from a junior high school.

Sergeant Chris Manseau says a man was arrested without incident and has been charged with sexual interference

Michael Cridland, 72 of no fixed address in Duncan, has been charged in connection with the crime and has since been released to appear in court in January.

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Cridland has been ordered to have no contact with the victim, not to go to the McDonalds restaurant, and not to be in the presence anyone under the age of 16 without a sober adult present.

Investigators continue speaking with witnesses who were present during the incident and are asking anyone with information that may assist them to contact the North Cowichan-Duncan RCMP detachment at 250-748-5522.

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