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Man charged 20 years later in sexual assault of 9-year-old girl

05/24/2013 03:22 EDT | Updated 07/24/2013 05:12 EDT
Toronto Police have arrested a man in connection to a sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl that happened more than 20 years ago.

Brampton resident Shane Garry, 45, was arrested Thursday and charged with kidnapping, forcible confinement, and sexual assault. Garry was identified using DNA evidence collected back in 1991 when the alleged incident occured. Det. Ali Ansari said although the DNA evidence was available, the technology used to pinpoint the suspect was not.

"The case was unsolved and it went cold...with the advent of new technology we were able to solve this cold case many many years later," said Ansari.

Police say that two young sisters, aged five and nine, were playing in the lobby of their apartment building near Warden and Danforth avenues in February 1991. A stranger pulled up in his car, claiming he needed help finding a place to eat and asked the girls to get in. Both girls entered the car and a short time later, the 5-year-old was dropped off at a store on Victoria Park Avenue Police say the man continued to drive the 9-year-old into a secluded area where he sexually assaulted her. The man then dropped her off at a restaurant on Danforth Road.

Ansari said the incident was reported to police at the time.

"Despite the efforts of the investigators to identify the suspect in this matter, the case was unsolved and it went cold," said Ansari.

Police have released several photos of Garry as they believe there may be more victims.

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