Man charged with sex offences following incident in Cole Harbour

News release

The RCMP has charged a 28-year-old man with multiple sex offences related to a June 3 incident in Cole Harbour.

At approximately 6 p.m. on June 3, Halifax District RCMP attended Cole Harbour Place on Forest Hill Pkwy. to respond to a man who made inappropriate comments. Staff had escorted the man out of the building by the time the call was made.

A preliminary investigation showed that the man jumped into the building's hot tub while fully clothed. It was reported that the man then made inappropriate comments and staff escorted him out of the building.

On June 4, RCMP issued a news release asking for public help to identify the person involved in the incident. Later that day, thanks to tips from the public, Halifax District RCMP had identified the man.

On June 5, the man was arrested by Halifax Regional Police (HRP) on an outstanding warrant for Failing to Appear in Court and transported to their Headquarters on Gottingen St. RCMP arrested him at HRP Headquarters without incident and took over his custody.

Marquel Antonio Johnson, 28 years old, of Halifax, has been charged with the following in relation to the Cole Harbour incident:

    Sexual Exploitation of a Person with a Disability
    Invitation to Sexual Touch
    Indecent Act
    Mischief

He remains in custody and will appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court today to answer to those charges as well as HRP's charges of Failing to Appear in Court.

The investigation is ongoing. The RCMP would like to thank those who gave tips on Johnson's identity and everyone who shared the news release asking for help to identify the person of interest.

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