Police arrest suspect in rape of two women at North York church

A man was arrested on Monday in connection with an alleged incident in which he raped two women at North York’s St. Andrew’s United Church, Ontario Provincial Police said. The investigation began after the…

Police arrest suspect in rape of two women at North York church

A man was arrested on Monday in connection with an alleged incident in which he raped two women at North York’s St. Andrew’s United Church, Ontario Provincial Police said. The investigation began after the alleged sexual assaults were reported to police on Aug. 24.

According to online records, the man, 29-year-old Joseph Moreno, had a criminal record for assault and other crimes and had previously been sentenced to 30 days in jail for the attack on the two women. The assault took place on Jan. 14, 2013.

In a press conference, Tim Bosma, owner of his own construction company, condemned Moreno, calling the crime “horrific” and “plain and simple disgusting.”

“If I was assaulted I would want someone to stand up for me and do something about it,” Bosma said. “If I am a victim, I want somebody to stand up and do something about it. If I am a supporter of a church I want this man not to go free. I want this community to come together and change this.”

Bosma, who is a member of North York United Church, told reporters that the church’s pastor, Chris Cobb, had helped organize the press conference and told them the church had agreed to let Bosma pray at the service. He had been speaking at the press conference on behalf of the church’s presiding Bishop.

Bosma said he was inspired by the support of local residents for the alleged victims in the case.

“The people of North York have really stepped up and embraced the women in this incident with a level of compassion and respect that was incredibly heartwarming,” he said.

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