The Toronto Police Service is alerting the public to an ongoing sexual assault investigation.

It is alleged that between January 2001 to December 2009, a girl was sexually assaulted multiple times by a man. Some of the assaults took place in the Bayview Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East area. At the time of the incidents, the girl was between 8 and 16 years old while the man was between 44 and 52 years old.

On Thursday, October 29, 2020, Pooran “Bruce” Sancharra, 64, of Toronto, was arrested. He is charged with 5 counts of Sexual Interference, 5 counts of Sexual Assault and 2 counts of Invitation to Sexual Touching, police said.

Photograph of Pooran “Bruce” Sancharra from 2001 to 2009

He appeared at court at 1000 Finch Avenue West on Thursday, October 29, 2020.

Investigators believe there may be other victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

A sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact. It includes, but is not limited to, kissing, grabbing, oral sex and penetration. To learn more about sexual assault, including how to report a sexual assault, please visit


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