A man has been arrested following a lengthy investigation into allegations of sexual assault linked to an employee at a former downtown Victoria restaurant.
Earlier this year, the Victoria Police Department launched an investigation after they became aware of a series of posts on a social media network that contained reports of sexualized violence involving an employee at a restaurant on Yates Street.
The allegations came to light at the end of January after a handful of posts by the Instagram account Survivor Stories Project accused an employee at Chuck’s Burger Bar of sexual harassment, assault, and rape.
On Saturday, the Victoria Police Department announced that an unidentified male was arrested by law enforcement on Dec. 10 on the Lower Mainland in relation to an “ongoing investigation into reports of sexualized violence associated” with a downtown Victoria bar and grill.
The suspect, who was not identified and has since been released with a court date and conditions that include not being allowed to contact any of the survivors, faces several recommended charges of sexual assault, the release notes.
Shortly after the allegations surfaced, Chuck’s Burger Bar fired the employee, and the establishment closed for good not long afterwards.
A spokesperson for the Victoria Police Department told CHEK News they could not specifically say which restaurant the arrest was in connection to, but said the establishment is one that is no longer operating.
VicPD are asking anyone with information about these reports and have not yet spoken to our investigators, please contact them at 250-995-7655 extension 1.
You can also report sexualized violence with the support of the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre. Call their access line for service intake and information Monday-Friday 9:30-5:00 pm, at (250) 383-3232. If you have been sexually assaulted in the last seven days, immediate support and medical care is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at their Sexual Assault Clinic. The best way to access the clinic services is to call the Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1-888-494-3888. From there, ask to be connected with a VSAC Sexual Assault Support Worker to discuss options and accessing the clinic. You do not have to report sexualized violence to police to access supports.