Hamilton tutor arrested and charged with sex crimes against children, York Region Police say
Police say the man is accused of three charges of sexual assault and interference
A Hamilton man has been arrested and charged, police say, with sex crimes against children.
York Regional Police say they arrested 67-year-old Alistair Martin-Smith at an airport in Toronto.
Police say they received reports from two sets of parents on Nov. 10 after their children said they were sexually assaulted during private tutoring sessions.
Both families say they hired the tutor to provide lessons in their Richmond Hill, Ont. homes, just north of Toronto, and all three children were under the age of 16.
A warrant was issued for his arrest on Monday Nov. 21 and he was arrested and taken into custody at Toronto Pearson International Airport when he was returning to Canada.
Martin-Smith is being charged with three charges of sexual assault and three charges of sexual interference.
He will be appearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on Dec. 20, 2022.
Contacting police with more information
Investigators believe that there may be more victims, and ask anyone with information to contact York Regional Police Special Victims Unit at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7071, or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.
A sexual assault includes any non-consensual contact of a sexual nature. York Regional Police would like to encourage anyone who feels they may have been a victim of a sexual assault to come forward and report the incident to police. There is no statute of limitations for sexual offences and offenders can be prosecuted well after the date of the offence. If you are the survivor of sexual assault, you can report the incident online if:
- You are not in immediate danger
- The person who assaulted you is not present
- There is no evidence present that may be collected by police (blood, semen, saliva, etc.).
- Evidence can be collected for up to 12 days after the sexual assault has occurred.
You have access to a private email address, to which the suspect does not.
If someone is not ready to report but is seeking support, please contact York Region Victim Services at victimservices-york.org or the Women's Support Network womenssupportnetwork.ca. Additional resources and information can be found on their website.