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Man charged with sex assaults at West Edmonton Mall waterpark to go to trial in 2018

File: Swimmers at the West Edmonton Mall World Waterpark Aug. 26, 1998.
File: Swimmers at the West Edmonton Mall World Waterpark Aug. 26, 1998. The Canadian Press Images

A trial date has been set for the man accused of sexually assaulting several young girls at the West Edmonton Mall (WEM) waterpark earlier this year.

Soleimen Soleimen Hajj has pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to court documents obtained by 630 CHED.

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The trial is set for Jan. 22 to Jan. 24, 2018.

Hajj was charged in February after Edmonton police alleged he inappropriately touched six young girls while they were swimming at the waterpark.

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Police said all six girls were under the age of 16.

The waterpark was booked out by the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA) at the time, which represents non-academic staff at the University of Alberta campus. The organization said the 39-year-old was not a member of their group.

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Hajj is a Syrian refugee and father of six. He is charged with six counts of sexual assault and six counts of sexual interference.

With files from Brad Wisker