A Hopedale man faces 15 charges, including sexual assault, after an RCMP investigation.

The RCMP said the charges stem from incidents that took place in the community between April 23 and April 27.   

A loaded rifle was seized as part of the investigation. 

Police said the victim and the suspect, 22, are known to each other.

In addition to the sexual assault charge, the accused faces charges of pointing a firearm, assault, damage to property, careless storage of a firearm and uttering threats. 

He is being held in custody in Happy Valley-Goose Bay until a court appearance in Hopedale June 4.