The Regina Police Service has concluded its investigation into a sexual assault, reported on June 1st, alleged to have occurred at about 5:30 p.m. in an alley in the 1800 block Scarth Street. As the result of thorough investigation, including the existence of compelling, objective evidence, police have determined the allegation is unfounded. The male involved in this interaction will not face sexual assault-related charges in connection with this incident.
In the original report, a 23 year-old female reported to police that, on June 1, 2016, a male followed her into the west alley of the 1800 block of Scarth Street and sexually assaulted her before being scared away shortly after the incident began. The alleged victim provided a description of the suspect, which assisted police in identifying and locating this male individual. However, subsequent investigation produced objective, independent evidence which indicated what was described to police, in the original report, was not accurate. This evidence, in fact, exonerated the alleged suspect.
It cannot be over-emphasized that every report of a sexual assault is taken seriously by police and investigated thoroughly. It is important to remember that each incident is regarded as a unique event with its own set of circumstances. The outcome of this investigation has no bearing on other reported incidents of sexual assault, or any implications for future reports of sexual assault. The fact that this allegation was false does not make a general statement about other allegations of sexual assault. The Regina Police Service continues to encourage any victim of crime to come forward to report to police.
As always, any member of the public who notes suspicious behavior is encouraged to call police at 306-777-6500. Anyone who sees a crime in progress is urged to call 9-1-1.