Victims Encouraged to Report Abuse

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 2:12 p.m. June 1, 2015
Updated: 2:59 p.m. June 2, 2015

For the second time in a month, a Toronto man is facing sexual allegations charges against a child.

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Dewan Syed Mosiur Reza, 69, has been charged with the sexual assault of two children

Dewan Syed Mosiur Reza, 69, was arrested on June 1 and charged with two counts of sexual assault and interference.

It’s alleged that Reza sexually assaulted a young boy at a Crescent Town day care between July 2003 and December 2007. The boy was between the ages of seven and 11 at the time of the assaults. It’s further alleged that sometime between June 2007 and December 2011, the same boy was sexually assaulted after being shown a sexually explicit victim by the accused.

The second violation is alleged to have taken place when the daycare moved from Crescent Town to  155 Heale Ave. The family-run license day care, which the accused had access to, is no longer operational.

Police believe there may be more victims and are appealing for them to come forward.

“We want them to do that so we can refer them to the support services they may need regardless of their decision to proceed with criminal charges,” said Detective Constable Conrad Wong, at a press conference at police headquarters on June 1.

Child Youth Advocacy Center Arrest News Conference

On May 14, officers from the  Child & Youth Advocacy Centre arrested Reza.

It’s alleged that on Sunday, May 3, the accused approached a six-year-old boy attending the Summer Islamic School that runs out of the Danforth Islamic Centre at 3018 Danforth Ave and showed him a sexually explicit video. It’s further alleged that the accused proceeded to sexually assault the boy.

Because the accused had access to other children in the school, police believe there may be more victims.

The  Child Youth and Advocacy Centre, is one of a handful of such centres in the country, where children and families can come and receive the support they need when a child abuse investigation starts – all in the same place. 

The CYAC brings together child protection services, medical and mental health services and police investigators under one roof for coordinated abuse investigations. The CYAC at  Boost at  890 Yonge St., has a child-friendly atmosphere and coordinated services so that children do not have to recount the stories of their abuse over and over again to different professionals. 

With the police, the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, the Safe-T Program, the Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect Program and Boost Child Abuse Prevention & Intervention agency in the same building, abused youths can get the assistance they need from social services and police. Currently CYAC serves 11 of the 17 police Divisions (including 11, 12, 13, 14, 51, 52, 53, 54 and 55 Divisions, along with 32 and 33 Divisions).

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at the Child & Youth Advocacy Centre at 416-808-2922 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at  222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.


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