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Sexual Assaults Downtown Clinton – DAWSON Arrested

(CENTRAL HURON, ON) – At 6:28 p.m. on Tuesday August 1st, 2023, Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received information from several complainants that an adult male was in the downtown core of Central Huron (Clinton) and had committed several assaults. Huron OPP officers responded immediately and located the suspect, who was arrested and taken into custody.

The police investigation revealed that between approximately 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on August 1st, 2023, the suspect had assaulted at least four separate female victims in the Clinton business district. The suspect also committed mischief, caused a disturbance, and stole an item from a business.

Ivan DAWSON, 31 years of age from Central Huron has been charged with:

  • Sexual Assault – four counts,
  • Assault – one count,
  • Cause Disturbance – one count,
  • Mischief – one count,
  • Theft Under $5,000 – one count,
  • Failure to Comply with Probation – eight counts.

The accused is currently in custody with a bail court appearance scheduled for August 2nd, 2023, at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich. 

Any person with information regarding this incident or any similar incidents are encouraged to contact the Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 482-1677.

If anyone has video footage of any of the incidents mentioned above, please contact police.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave a secure web-tip at P3TIPS.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Victims of sexual assault are not alone. If you or someone you know needs support, there are local resources available to help. One such resource is Victim Services of Huron County they can be reached at (519) 600-4108. 

If you are in an immediate need of police, dial 9-1-1. 

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