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Sackville man charged with sexually assaulting girl at March break camp for people with disabilities

The RCMP in Halifax have charged a Middle Sackville man with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl at a March Break camp for people with disabilities.

Police say the alleged incident happened Monday when the victim, who is from the Halifax area, told investigators that she was sexually assaulted while attending a March break camp with Social Opportunities and Rec Society (SOARS).

SOARS is located on Sackville Drive and is a non-profit social enterprise organization, that according to its website, "provides safe, quality day program and services for young adults ages 16 to 35, living with intellectual and physical challenges."

Anthony Leo Gough, 48, is the executive director of SOARS and has been charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation of a person with a disability, and driving while disqualified.

He was expected to be arraigned in Dartmouth provincial court on Wednesday.

“This is a very serious incident and our main message is that we encourage anyone in any circumstance who has been a victim of sexual assault to come forward,” RCMP spokesman Cpl. Greg Church said Wednesday.

Police believe there could be other victims and are asking anyone with information about the alleged incident, or any other one similar to it, to contact them at 902-490-5180.

“We urge people to contact us if they have any information whatsoever,” said Church. - with files from Ernesto Carranza.

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