Man arrested after allegedly giving youth weed and sexually assaulting them

Apr 9 2019, 4:41 pm

A 61-year-old Hamilton man has been arrested and charged with sexual assault and police believe there may be more victims.

Police say on March 26, a youth visited an address in central Hamilton where they were “provided cannabis.” The victim was then allegedly sexually assaulted.

While police investigated this incident, they learned another youth had also been allegedly sexually assaulted on multiple occasions between December 2017 and May 2018.

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The accused, Leonard Bekendam, has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual interference.

Bekendam is previously from the Brant County and Brantford area, according to police.

Police say they have received information that the accused has allegedly sexually assaulted other youth who have not yet been identified.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Jamie Moore of the Child Abuse Unit by calling 905-546-3855.

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