A young Drumheller man is facing sexual assault charges in connection with alleged incidents at a local day care.
RCMP have arrested Anthony Piecowye, who was an employee of the day care, and charged him with a total of six offenses.
On July 12 Drumheller RCMP received a complaint from a parent against a local daycare worker. An investigation involving the Sheldon Kennedy Centre in Calgary and the RCMP Major Crimes Unit resulted in charges being laid. Once the investigation was initiated, two other victims were identified, each involving a different offence date.
"When you're dealing with an investigation with young children, it becomes a bit of maybe a slightly trickier investigation, and so yes, it's been an in depth investigation," said Corporal Laurel Scott of the RCMP Media Relations Group in Edmonton.
"There really isn't a lot to say: we're certainly very mindful of not trying to identify young people," cautioned Scott. "The important thing is that everybody is safe and he will be speaking to this in court."
The 21 year old Piecowye is charged with three counts each of sexual assault and sexual interference.
He has been released with conditions and is scheduled to appear in Drumheller Provincial Court on September 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
"Any one incident like this is alarming to the community as a whole and we understand that," added Scott. "These are the charges that we have in front of the courts right now and we have investigated all the information that we had in front of us."
The identities, including the ages and sex of the alleged victims, will not be disclosed by the RCMP. However, anyone with additional information is asked to call the Drumheller detachment at 403-823-7590 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-262-8477 (TIPS).