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Attempted abduction, sexual assault charges added after girls approached in Angus park

Clearview Township man, 31, faces charges of attempted abduction and attempted sexual assault; released from custody

ESSA TOWNSHIP - On Thursday, March 21, 2019 at approximately 5:30 p.m., officers from the Nottawasaga detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of unknown male approaching young children in the park located on Greenwood Drive in Angus, Township of Essa.

The male approached a group of 12-year-old girls in the park and engaged the kids in conversation. He asked the girls if they wanted to play a game and would in turn give them money. The girls declined, left the area and reported the incident to a parent who called 911.

The male left the area in a black Chevrolet sedan car, dirty, with a fin and a loud muffler.

Shortly after, the male was observed back in the area by a nearby resident on Greenwood Drive, engaging in conversation with a second group of children. Officers attended the area and located and arrested the male.

After further police investigation, 31-year-old Anthony Holtorf from Clearview Township has been charged with:

  • Criminal harassment x2
  • Sexual assault on female under 16 x 2 (attempted)
  • Abduction of person under 16 x2 (attempted)

The accused has been released from custody and will attend a future court date at the Ontario Court of Justice in Bradford. 

If there is anyone who has been involved in a similar occurrence with this male, they are ask to contact the Nottawasaga OPP Crime Unit at 705-434-1939.