UPDATE: Suspect in sex assault investigation at Alberta bible college turns himself in
WATCH ABOVE: David Boushy reports from Three Hills on a suspect turning himself in on Monday, after police released a surveillance photo.
EDMONTON – A man suspected of sexually assaulting several students at a Christian bible college in central Alberta turned himself in to RCMP around 1 p.m. Monday.
“He was subsequently arrested for break and enter, and assault,” said Cst. Seth Adair with Three Hills RCMP.
RCMP called on the public earlier, asking for help identifying and locating the suspect.
Their plea came after assaults that are said to have happened early Sunday morning at Prairie Bible Institute in the town of Three Hills.
Police said a man broke into the student dormitories, where he allegedly sexually assaulted several students, both male and female, in their dorm rooms.
“He was going in, touching legs to wake up – at least at the beginning – guys,” said Prairie Bible Institute president Mark Maxwell. “From what we have been told, we think he was in touch with six of our male students. At about 6:30 a.m. or so he crossed over to the women’s side and was in one woman’s room.”
The suspect then left the building, riding away on a bicycle.
Police don’t believe any of the victims were physically injured.
The institute says students and staff are drawing on their faith to get through the frightening incident.
“They have rallied together well. I think they’re finding some sort of collegiality in it,” added Maxwell.
“The students have rallied around those who were who were approached, contacted – you could say victimized,” he said.
The case is still under investigation.
Three Hills is about 120 kilometres northeast of Calgary.
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