CDH sex-assault suspect released on conditions

A local suspect arrested in the sexual assault of an elderly female patient at Cowichan hospital was released on various legal conditions Dec. 21, police said.

The 48-year-old male suspect is not in custody, as stated in Wednesday's News Leader Pictorial.

Cpl. Greg Pask of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP said the man is living in the valley after being arrested, and taken into custody, on Dec. 21 for the alleged assault of an 83-year-old female with dementia at Cowichan District Hospital.

The suspect was released later that day after police talked with Crown counsel, Pask said.

The suspect's promise-to-appear conditions includes using no alcohol, having no contact with the victim, and following rules of his probation, said Pask.

The suspect is set to appear in Duncan court Feb. 14 to answer a charge of sexual assault.

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