UPDATE: Man in custody after 14-year-old girl attacked while walking near Duncan school

School district addressing safety concerns after incident near Cowichan Secondary’s Quamichan campus

A forty-year-old man is in custody after a sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl near her school in Duncan yesterday.

According to a media release issued by Duncan/North Cowichan RCMP, around 2 p.m., the student at Cowichan Secondary School’s Quamichan Campus was walking toward the school near York Road and James Street when she was confronted by an unknown man who then forced her into a nearby business and began to assault her.

“The girl broke free from her attacker, fled the area, and reported the incident immediately to school staff,” the release states. “RCMP were immediately notified and multiple officers and units were assigned and began to investigate. At about 5:30 p.m., North Cowichan/Duncan R.C.M.P. officers located and arrested a suspect in this case.”

A Duncan man remains in custody as the investigation continues.

Students frequently walk from the Quamichan Campus to the main campus on James Street. Supt. Rod Allen said the student who was assaulted was not doing so, but acknowledged this has raised concerns for staff.

“While the student was not travelling between campuses at the time of the incident, the school district is taking precautions to ensure the saftey of our students,” Allen said in an official statement from SD79 released before the arrest. “Effective immediately, buses will be available to shuttle our students between the two campuses until the assailant is found. We also continue to have extra supervision at lunch time, and the RCMP have agreed to increase their presence in the York Road area after school.”

Police say they are working closely with the family and school officials to make sure the girl and her family are getting any support they require after this traumatic incident.

“We understand incidents like this raise concerns, and we want to reinforce that student safety is our top priority,” Allen continued. “If parents or students have specific concerns, we ask that you please contact your school.”

Just Posted

New trail system proposed for Sooke

System will connect parks and green spaces and encourage alternate forms of transportation

Giants draw first blood in WHL playoff series vs. Victoria

Home ice advantage non-existent for Royals against arch-rival Vancouver

Saanich makes appeal for regional fire dispatch system

Five CRD communities drop Saanich service in favour of Surrey

Sooke football coach has no plans on stopping

Tony Nelson has played multiple sports his entire life

Elizabeth May arrested at Kinder Morgan protest

Randall Garrison, MP for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke, speaks out against pipeline

Vancouver Island’s Best Videos of the Week

A look at some of the best video stories from the past week ending March 23, 2018

Canucks sing the Blues as they fall to St. Louis 4-1

Berglund nets two, including the game-winner, to lift St. Louis over Vancouver

Calving season brings hope for Cariboo ranchers

Still a lot of work ahead to recover from the wildfires

Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond wins figure skating world title

The 22-year-old fwon the women’s singles crown with her Black Swan routine

Vancouver Island pooches celebrate National Puppy Day

Check out some of the submissions we received from around the region

Saanich invites input on garden suites

Early returns suggest support for the legalization of garden suites, but the… Continue reading

MLA Report: Lowering the voting age to 16 in BC

By Andrew Weaver On March 13, I introduced for a third time… Continue reading

Alberta tells B.C. to stop opposing pipelines if it doesn’t like gas prices

John Horgan said he would like to see the federal government step in to deal with high gas prices.

Comox Valley hospital operating above patient capacity

The new healthcare facility averaged a 110 per cent patient volume between October and February

Most Read