Soleiman Hajj Soleiman, 39 a Syrian so-called ‘refugee’ and father of six, has since been charged with six counts of sexual assault and six counts of sexual interference on young Canadian girls at the West Edmonton Mall World Waterpark.
Global News Police were called to the waterpark at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Officers said a man inappropriately touched multiple teenage girls while they were swimming at the waterpark.
“The girls were very courageous in coming forward and talking to the lifeguard, that’s not always the case,” EPS spokesperson Scott Pattison said.“It’s very traumatizing and I’m sure it made them feel extremely vulnerable so they deserve our support.”
Police arrested a man on scene and took him into custody.The waterpark was booked out by the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA) at the time. The association represents non-academic staff working on the University of Alberta campus.Nancy Furlong with NASA said the man was not a member of the association. She also said that while the organization had the waterpark booked, there were other people at the facility at the time who were not part of their group. Furlong said a note was sent out to everyone who purchased tickets through NASA informing them of what happened.
The Edmonton Police Service Zebra Child Protection Section has taken over the investigation. Pattison said police believe there are other complainants and he’s urging them to come forward. “They will be dealt with discreetly and their allegations will be thoroughly investigated.”