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BC man arrested for sexual assault of children in Peel, Halton, Waterloo in the ’90s

Mississauga (Mar 14) – A 64-year-old man from British Columbia has been charged with mutiple sexual assaults on children in the Greater Toronto Area dating back to the ’90s.

Peel police said that the arrest of the “Woodland Rapist” was a result of a multijurisdictional joint forces investigation involving investigators from Peel, Halton and Waterloo.

The investigation, known as Project Woodland, related to historical sexual assaults on children occurring from 1992 to 1995 in the involved services respective regions.

On March 3, investigators arrested and charged Richard Neil from British Columbia with 20 criminal charges, including kidnapping, sexual assault with a weapon, administering noxious thing with intent and forcible confinement. He was held for a bail hearing.

There is a publication ban in place to protect the identity of the victims, and no additional information is being released at this time.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Peel Regional Police, Special Victims Unit at 905-453-2121, extension 3460.

Anonymous information may also be submitted by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by visiting


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