Boy, 10, sexually assaulted near Gatineau Park

A 10-year-old boy who became lost near the southern edge of Gatineau Park on Sunday morning was sexually assaulted, police say.

A 10-year-old boy who became lost near the southern edge of Gatineau Park on Sunday morning was sexually assaulted, police say.

Gatineau police said the boy was riding his bicycle near a soccer field when he became lost.

A man approached him and dragged him into the woods off Gamelin Boulevard, where he was assaulted, police said.

The boy then ran to a nearby home where he got help. Police arrived and — based on a description from the youth — arrested a 48-year-old man from the LaChute area.

Police credited the victim for enabling a speedy arrest.

"Right after, he gave some really good information to the police officer, like the clothes, the height of the guy," said Pierre Lanthier, spokesman for Gatineau police. "That gave us some good information and finally we caught the guy about five minutes after the incident."

Lanthier added that if you're being assaulted, it's a smart move to make a lot of noise.

"If you are a victim of something like that, [it] will be good to yell, and to yell very, very hard," said Lanthier.

Police don't think this was a crime of opportunity, suggesting the offender came to the park with assault in mind.

The accused, Luc Fournier, appeared in court Monday afternoon and was remanded in custody until his next appearance on Wednesday.