A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a series of sexual assaults on the Central Mountain that spanned five months.

On Thursday at around 1 p.m., detectives with the Hamilton Police’s sexual assault unit arrested the person they believe who was responsible for at least eight incidents in which a young male approached women and touched their buttocks or thigh and then ran away, Det. Sgt. Dave Hennick said in a statement.

The spate of assaults is believed to have begun in October and lasted until earlier this month.

The most recent incident is believed to have happened on March 17 at around 8:50 p.m. A woman was walking her dog on Terrace Drive near South Bend Road East when a male ran up behind her and grabbed her buttocks, police say. He then ran off and was last seen in the area of Norrie Avenue and Dodson Street.

A similar incident occurred on the evening of Feb. 19, police say, when a woman was walking north on Warren Avenue just south of South Bend Road East. A male ran up behind her and grabbed her buttocks. He was last seen in the same area around Norrie Avenue at Dodson Street.

The 14-year-old accused, who can’t be identified because of his age, faces eight charges, including seven counts of sexual assault and one count of assault.

He was held in custody for a Friday bail hearing. 

For confidential support for sexual assault victims, call the Sexual Assault Centre's 24-hour support line at 905-525-4162 or visit Sacha.ca.