Sexual Assault on a Person Under 16


(DRYDEN, ON) – On September 03, 2019, officers with the Dryden Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a sexual assault complaint. The Northwest Region Crime Unit investigated the complaint.

On September 4, 2019, 65 year old Walter HASTINGS of Dryden, Ontario was arrested and charged with the following offences under the Criminal Code:

  • Sexual Interference, Section 151.
  • Invitation to Sexual Touching under 16 years of age, Section 152.
  • Sexual Assault on a person under 16 years of age, Section 271.

The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sioux Lookout on September 6, 2019 to answer to the charges.
Victims of sexual assault are not alone. If you need support or know someone that does, there are local resources here to help. You can contact the Kenora Sexual Assault Centre at 1-800-565-6161.  A toll free call can also be placed to the Assaulted Women’s Helpline at 1-866-863-0511where your information will remain anonymous and confidential. If you are in an immediate crisis, dial 9-1-1.
If anyone has any information about the accused in relation to sexual offences, please contact the Dryden OPP at 807-937-5577 or 888-310-1122.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or access their website at: you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.
Source: OPP