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13-year-old boy charged in west end sexual assaults

A 13-year-old has been arrested in connection with recent sex assaults reported in the west end.

Police say a female victim was assaulted around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon in the area of Grenon and Noren Avenues.

The boy was arrested shortly after she called police.

Officers believe this suspect is also linked to assaults that took place July 14th on Dumaurier Avenue and the area of Richmond and Bayshore.

"His way of doing things and doing his assaults on the victims was coming up from behind, and I can't get into details of how he assaulted the females at this time, although the same style of sexual assault was done," Const. Chuck Benoit told CFRA.

The boy is charged with three counts of sex assault.

"It is very concerning," said Benoit of the fact the suspect is just 13 years old. "The Ottawa Police are still going to work this file as closely as possible to get a conviction out of the assaults, although it is concerning when you're dealing with a 13-year-old, how this could be."

The boy cannot be named because he is under the age of 18.

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