The suspect who was charged in connection with a sexual assault that occurred inside a residence on March 17th in Saanich worked at a child care centre in Victoria.
23-year-old Jesse-Scot Doig was employed as a child care worker at The Cridge Centre for the Family on Hillside Avenue for almost 3 years.
According to Shelley Morris, the CEO of the institution, Doig worked with preschool and after-school care children, as a part of teams of leaders.
On Tuesday, May 7th, he was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman from the Lower Mainland who was visiting her friends and staying with them in their Wolf Street townhouse in Saanich.
Doig is accused of breaking into the building at 2 a.m., brandishing a knife, sexually assaulting the woman, and then fleeing the scene.
According to Saanich Police, the incident was traumatizing to the victim and she is being provided additional support.
Centre reaches out to concerned parents
In the aftermath of the arrest, concerned parents and guardians have reached out to his employers, the Cridge Centre, where he looked after their children for several years.
“The incident that he is alleged to have committed was an adult crime against an adult and the police have no evidence to suggest that any of the children were at risk,” Shelley Morris told Victoria Buzz.
“He was a fine worker, respected by his colleagues, and the children loved him.”
The Centre also issued a letter to parents and caregivers on Thursday, reassuring them of their children’s safety and expressing that the organization is cooperating with authorities in their investigation of Doig.
Along with the letter, they also provided age-appropriate resources to parents to assist them in explaining the incident and situation to their children.