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Man charged after young boy sexually assaulted in Kitchener

A Kitchener man has been charged with one count each of sexual assault and sexual interference after a young boy was touched inappropriately while walking on a sidewalk in Kitchener Wednesday evening.

Kitchener man charged with one count each of sexual assault and sexual interference

Police say a man has been charged after a boy was touched inappropriately in Kitchener Wednesday night. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

A 31-year-old Kitchener man has been charged with one count each of sexual assault and sexual interference after a young boy was sexually assaulted Wednesday evening.

Police say the boy was walking on the sidewalk in the area of Westmount Road between Victoria Street and Highland Road when he was inappropriately touched by a man he didn't know. That happened around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

A man was arrested Thursday and is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

"We would like to thank the members of the public who came forward with information in connection to this investigation," Waterloo Regional Police Service Chief Bryan Larkin said in a statement.

"Incidents such as this are taken very seriously by our police service and we have a dedicated team of investigators who continue to work diligently to provide closure to these type of investigations."

Police say the case is not linked to a sexual assault at an apartment complex in the Brybeck Crescent neighbourhood on Saturday.

In that case, police said a young girl was playing in the common area of an apartment building around 8 p.m. when she was approached by a man and sexually assaulted.

She was taken to hospital and released.

The suspect in that case is described as a male, between five-foot-ten-inches tall and six feet tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a white baseball hat and grey striped T-shirt.

Police released a video of a person they'd like to speak with about the sexual assault on Saturday: