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Suspect charged in sexual assaults

A 30-year-old man is charged with sexual assault and indecency in connection with a string of incidents Nanaimo RCMP allege happened in Harewood and at Westwood Lake.
Daniel Raymond Sasseville is charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of committing an indecent act.

"Three of those incidents did occur at the lake," said Const. Jack Eubank.

RCMP took the first complaint, about a sexual assault on Howard Avenue, April 19.

A sexual assault and an indecent act were reported at Westwood Lake April 21.

Another indecent act was reported April 23, and Sasseville was arrested later that same day.

"It was good police work on the part of the investigator," Eubank said. "As well, we have some really good witnesses."

Police won't comment on the nature of the allegations.

All the victims were adults.

Sasseville appeared in court Tuesday and was remanded in custody. His next appearance is May 19.

Copyright 2004 Nanaimo News Bulletin

Man who followed joggers gets conditional sentence


Martin van den Hemel, staff reporter

A 27-year-old Richmond man with a record of following women, received a one-year conditional sentence to be served in the community.


Daniel Raymond Sasseville pled guilty to sexual assault in Richmond Provincial Court in connection with an April 9 incident outside Steveston Community Centre. The conditional sentence means he won't spend any time behind bars, but if he breaches any of his sentence conditions, he faces spending the remainder of his sentence in prison.

In April, a 19-year-old woman who was jogging in the Steveston area in the middle of the day noticed Sasseville was staring at her. He then started to follow her and as she approached the door of a nearby building he grabbed her buttocks with one hand while his other hand was down his pants.

This is the third in a string of incidents involving Sasseville and young women over the past two years.

Last August, Sasseville was sentenced to a day in jail after he brushed the arm of a young woman. Both got off a bus near a mall in downtown Richmond in the middle of the afternoon when Sasseville approached the woman asking for directions. He then touched her arm softly, again with his other hand down his pants.

Last February, Sasseville pled guilty to committing an indecent act in a public place involving a jogger in Steveston. Again, Sasseville followed the woman and she noticed he had his hand down his pants.

He also pled guilty to two counts of making indecent phone calls in which he contacted former schoolmates and had them listen to sexual conversations from a 1-900 telephone service.

Sasseville stands about five feet six inches tall, weighs 169 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes. He has long greasy hair, a scruffy looking goatee and normally wears sweat pants, a sweat top and carries a backpack.

He is under a long list of conditions that bars him from having contact with any woman unless they are related to him and consent to his presence.

Some of those conditions are:

he must remain 15 feet away from all female persons whenever possible,

he is prohibited from following any woman on foot or otherwise,

he is prohibited from initiating a conversation with any female person,

he is prohibited from contacting anyone for the purpose of disseminating pornographic material,

he must attend counselling as directed by his supervisor.