A former Central Saanich nanny has been charged with child sex offences and police are asking the public to help them identify where he may have worked or volunteered with children.
Johnathon Lee Robichaud, 30, has been charged with one count of sexual interference, two counts of invitation to sexual touching and one count of making sexually explicit material available to a child.
“We can’t speak to the exact circumstances surrounding the charges that are before the courts because those are before the courts,” Sgt. Jereme Leslie, public information officer with Saanich police
Police said in July 2018, a parent reported to police that her two sons, under the age of 10, may be victims of sexual offences. Detectives from the Family Protection Unit began an investigation the allegations. Robichaud, who had been employed as the family’s nanny, was identified as a suspect.
Saanich police worked with both Central Saanich police and Victoria police while looking for evidence. Saanich police said they found evidence to support the allegations.
Police said they also uncovered a significant amount of images and videos containing sexually explicit material involving children. Detectives also found another potential victim and believe there may be more child victims who have not come forward.
According to police, Robichaud has lived in the Greater Victoria area for a significant amount of time and has been employed at or volunteered with youth groups, church groups, child care and before/after school programs. He also advertised on various nanny websites and local classified ad sites.
As we’re unable to verify all the places where Mr. Robichaud volunteered or worked with children we’re asking the public to contact us” Sgt. Jereme Leslie, public information officer with Saanich police, said.
“We all have a responsibility to protect children and we need the publics help in assisting us.”
Any parent or guardian whose child has been alone with Robichaud is asked to call Saanich police at 250-475-4756. The number is a dedicated information line specific to the investigation.
Saanich police said their investigators are trained in child interviewing and they are asking parents and guardians to speak to an investigator prior to speaking to their children. There are also support services available if needed.
Robichaud is on conditions to not be in contact with children under the age of 16 and not to attend recreation centres, daycares, schools, churches, parks or any other place a child under the age of 16 could reasonably be. His next court appearance is on Sept. 26 in Victoria.