Amherstburg Man Charged with Sexual Assault Offences

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An Amherstburg man is facing a number of charges.

Officers with the Windsor Police Service-Amherstburg Detachment responded to a call involving sex-related offences in November last month.

Police say the investigation revealed a girl under the age of 16 was in contact with a man on social media.

According to police, investigators determined the pair met in-person for several months and a number of offences were committed.

Police identified the suspect involved and arrested him on November 30th,

24-year-old Dakota Doering is charged with eight offences including sexual assault, sexual interference with a person under 16 and invitation to sexual touching with a person under 16.

Sgt. Steve Betteridge is encouraging parents to talk to their children about internet and social media safety.

"It's a great reminder for parents and caregivers to be aware of what young people are doing on social media, what their involvement is and how their meeting or interacting with people face to face because that's exactly what we had in this situation," says Betteridge.

He says the goal is to protect young people.

"There's an age of consent regarding sexual activity with the criminal code in our country and that is designed to protect people when you have age differences that we have in this case, that become a crime and it's a crime that we will enforce again with the goal of protecting young people," Betteridge adds.

He says safety should always be the number one priority.