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Pokemon Go meet ends in sexual assault arrest

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A 31-year-old man has been arrested after making sexual advances on a 19-year-old woman he met to play Pokemon.

The B.C. woman met the man in Annievielle Park in North Delta – which is a popular spot to play the game.

She met him through a secret sharing app called ‘Whisper.’

“Her belief was that she was to meet this person to go and hunt Pokemon with him,” said Sgt. Sarah Swallow with Delta Police.

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But the man thought the meeting may have been for more than just to play.

“The male made some unwanted sexual advances towards her, and she was able to remove herself from that situation, and she went home and reported it to us,” added Swallow.

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She says officers were able to go to the area and locate him based on her description.

He was then arrested.

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Police caution to always exercise caution when meeting with strangers – whether it is to play Pokemon or to buy something from Craigslist.

Swallow says meetings should always take place in a public place and preferably in a place with security cameras.

Police say it is important to always let someone know where you are going, who you are meeting, and when you will be back.

Swallow says bringing a friend along can always help as extra caution.

With files from John Daly

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