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Police investigating inappropriate touching incidents at Cowichan Aquatic Centre
Police are working closely with witnesses and staff at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre after two separate incidents of inappropriate touching there on Saturday.
According to North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Cpl. Jon Stuart, the two similar, but separate incidents, both involved an unknown male inappropriately touching two young girls while swimming in the pool. One happened at 2 p.m., the other at 5:45 p.m.
"At this time it is uncertain whether the two reports are connected," Stuart said. "Although these two events are in the early part of investigation, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP wish to inform the public as safety is paramount.
"It is hoped that this information will raise the awareness for people and re-affirm the need for parents to be diligent in watching their children," Stuart said.
North Cowichan Mayor Jon Lefebure called the occurrences "unique," noting this is the first report of any inappropriate touchings since the pool opened more than four years ago.
"We're taking this very seriously," Lefebure said today. "We know how important this pool is to the community and to the children and their parents."
Lefebure said staff have been reviewing safety procedures and are on "higher alert and being more cautious than usual to provide a safe environment."
Police are currently checking video surveillance from Saturday and are working closely with witnesses and management and staff at the Aquatic Centre to ensure the safety of all its patrons.