**** HRP Media Release
Police charge Halifax man in relation to historical sexual assaults
Investigators with the Sexual Assault Investigation Team of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division have charged a man in relation to historical sexual assaults that occurred in Halifax in the late 1970s to the 1980s.
Investigators have charged Wayne John Hankey, 76, of Halifax, with one count of sexual assault (Section 246.1.1) in relation to an incident against a man that occurred in 1982, and one count of indecent assault (Section 156) in relation to incidents against a different man that occurred between 1977 and 1979. In both cases, the charges are as per the criminal code that was in effect at the time the offences occurred.
Hankey is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court at a later date to face the charges.
The incidents occurred on the University of King’s College campus and at a residence in Halifax. Hankey was an employee at the university at the time of the incidents, which were reported to police earlier this year. We are not releasing any further details out of respect and concern for the victims’ privacy and wellbeing.
We encourage anyone who is the victim of sexual assault to contact police. We want victims to know they will not be judged, and will be treated with compassion, dignity and respect throughout the entire investigative process. More information on reporting sexual assaults is available at http://ow.ly/Obdb30rsOSM
Sexual assault investigations are complex. As part of our victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to sexualized violence, we work closely with victims to ensure they’re willing to proceed with a police investigation. Police must also ensure the victim’s privacy is upheld and well-being is fully considered.