Edmonton police indict former drama teacher, actor after historic sexual assault investigation – Edmonton

A 49-year-old Edmonton man has been charged in connection with sexual assault dating back to the early 2000s, and police believe there may be more victims.

On October 26, Edmonton Police Service charged Patrick Charles Howarth with sexual assault and sexual exploitation.

An investigation into several alleged sexual assaults on a female victim started back in August.

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In a press release issued Tuesday, police said the alleged assaults took place between March 2006 and September 2007.

Howarth is accused of initiating a relationship and sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl on several occasions. During the period in which the alleged assaults took place, police said he was contracted as an actor and “combat captain” with the Citadel Theater from March to June 2006.

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Howarth was also employed in an instructional role in the drama department at the University of Alberta from January to March 2007. Police said at the time of the incidents that he would have been in his mid-30s.

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Investigators said because of Howarth’s previous employment and the allegations of sexual assault against the teenage girl, police have reason to believe there may be more victims.

EPS encourages all other potential victims or anyone with information about these incidents to contact them by phone at 780-423-4567. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers online.

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