August 19, 2014 2:07 pm

Man charged with central Alberta bible college sex assaults

The dormitory at the Prairie Bible Institute, a Christian bible college in Three Hills.

Global News

EDMONTON — A 33-year-old man has been charged with six counts of sexual assault at a bible college in the central Alberta community of Three Hills.

About 6 a.m. Sunday, a man entered the dorms at the Prairie Bible Institute and allegedly sexually assaulted several students.

The school’s president, Mark Maxwell, said the encounters happened during orientation weekend for first-time students.

Maxwell said an intruder got in through a ground floor window and crept into unlocked rooms belonging to both men and women.

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The man woke up students by touching them on their legs, then asked them for sexual favours, according to Maxwell.

It’s believed the man then left on his bicycle. Police said none of the students were physically injured.

RCMP released a surveillance photo of the alleged suspect on Monday morning. That afternoon a man fitting the suspect’s description turned himself in to the local detachment.

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Renie Gall, 33, of Three Hills, was charged on Tuesday with six counts of sexual assault, one count of break and enter and one count of theft under $5,000.

He remains in custody, and is scheduled to appear in court in Drumheller on Friday, Aug. 22.

Three Hills is about 120 kilometres northeast of Calgary.

With files from the Canadian Press

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