Kitchener-Waterloo

Man charged with sexually assaulting children is dead, lawyer says

A 32-year-old man who was facing three counts of sexual assault and three counts of sexual interference died on Saturday, his lawyer confirmed.

Lawyer did not confirm cause of death

Police released still images of a man running shirtless from the scene of the most recent sexual assault, which took place in July. The man who was charged in this incident is dead, his lawyer said. (Waterloo Regional Police Service)

A 32-year-old man who was arrested this summer in connection with three separate sexual assaults against children has died, his lawyer said.

The man was facing three counts of sexual assault and three counts of sexual interference.

The assaults took place over the course of six years in apartment buildings in Kitchener and Waterloo.

London-based lawyer Lakin Afolabi was representing the man. He confirmed that his client died on Saturday morning, but did not say how it happened.

"It's too bad that, for all involved, that he doesn't get his day in court," Afolabi said.

The Ministry of the Solicitor General confirmed to CBC that an inmate at the Maplehurst Correctional Complex passed away in hospital Tuesday night after going into medical distress early Saturday morning.

The ministry said it could not confirm further details around the inmate's identity or personal health information, due to privacy reasons.

The Office of the Chief Coroner, the ministry and police will conduct separate investigations into the inmate death, the ministry said.