Toronto reverend faces additional sex assault charges

A Toronto reverend is facing seven additional charges of sexual assault and one count of forcible confinement.
Ioan Pop, 54, surrendered to Toronto police on Monday morning.

He was first charged with sexual assault on Sept. 11. At the time, police said there could be more victims. His photo was released to the public two days later.

“As a result of releasing that photograph, police received numerous calls from the public and several complainants came forward,” Det. Const. Teresa Curtis said at a news conference at police headquarters on Monday.

“These new charges relate to offences that took place between 2005 and 2011,” she said.

All of the complainants are women who were between 24 and 43 years old at the time of the alleged assaults.

The alleged offences occurred inside All Saints, a Romanian Orthodox Church, in the Birchmount Road and Danforth Avenue area, as well as in homes in Durham region and Toronto, Curtis said.

Curtis added there could be more victims.

There also may be witnesses to these incidents, and Curtis encouraged them to come forward.

The original alleged assault occurred inside All Saints church on Sept. 3.

A couple entered the church and interrupted the alleged assault, police said.

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