May 9, 2019 12:05 pm
Updated: May 10, 2019 1:24 am

Suspect in violent Saanich sex assault worked at Victoria child care centre

WATCH: Shocking news for parents at a Victoria daycare, who are finding out that one of the daycare workers has been charged with a violent sexual assault. Kylie Stanton reports.

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Global News has learned that the man accused of a violent sexual assault in Saanich in March worked at a Victoria child care centre.

Jesse Doig, 23, was arrested Tuesday by Saanich police, and is facing charges of sexual assault with a weapon, breaking and entering and forcible confinement.

Police, allege a man with a knife broke into a home at the Gordon Head Townhouse complex in the 3900 block of Wolf Street around 2 a.m. on March 17.

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The suspect allegedly sexually assaulted a 22-year-old woman from the Lower Mainland who was visiting friends from the University of Victoria.

Doig is an employee at the Cridge Centre for the Family on Hillside Avenue in Victoria, which alerted parents as soon as it became aware of the allegations.

In a letter to parents dated May 9, the centre said there had been no prior complaints about Doig, and that investigators have found no link between Doig’s alleged actions and the care of children.

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It said the centre was cooperating fully with police and have “confidence in the justice system to find the truth.

“We take our responsibility toward your children’s safety extremely seriously and follow best practices in screening and obtaining criminal record checks prior to anyone joining our team,” states the letter.

A search of court records shows no prior criminal history for Doig.

“At this time we also want to support you in how you share this difficult information with your children. We ask that you share this information with them carefully and gently,” adds the letter.

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The centre says parents with any questions are invited to speak with management for support, and is providing age-appropriate materials for children to help parents address the incident.

Saanich police described the incident as “traumatizing” to the 22-year-old victim, and said she is being offered support.

Letter to parents by Simon Little on Scribd

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