Steven Wolfer

Investigators with the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit have laid more charges against a 58-year-old Steven Wolfer from Markham in an ongoing historic sexual assault investigation.

Police Constable Maniva Armstrong said the investigation began in April when a victim came forward and reported that he had been sexually assaulted on two occasions by an older man in 1989 when he was approximately 12 years of age.

On June 4 the accused was arrested and charged with sexual assault and sexual interference of a child under 14.

Through the investigation, officers learned that the accused was a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of York Region in 1989 and volunteered with the Boy Scouts in the mid-80s. He was also a supply elementary school teacher with the York Region Catholic School board from 2000 to 2004 and had access to children in those roles.

On June 22, another victim came forward and reported that he had been sexually assaulted on multiple occasions by the same suspect in 1983, when he was 14 years of age. The victim knew the suspect from a church and associated school he attended in the area of Yonge Street and King Road, in the City of Richmond Hill. The suspect was a volunteer at the church and he was a sport coach at the school.

The accused will be appearing again before the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on August 31, 2021.

Investigators are urging any victims or anyone with information to please contact the the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit – Crimes Against Children at 1-866-876-5423, ext.7071, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

A sexual assault includes any non-consensual contact of a sexual nature. York Regional Police would like to encourage anyone who feels they may have been a victim of a sexual assault to come forward and report the incident to police. There is no statute of limitations for sexual offences and offenders can be prosecuted well after the date of the offence.

If someone is not ready to report, however is seeking support, please contact York Region Victim Services victimservices-york.org. Additional resources and information can be found on  http://www.yrp.ca/en/services/resources/sexualassaultsurvivorsguide.pdf.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit – Crimes Against Children at 1-866-876-5423, ext.7071, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

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