Second man arrested following York sex assaults
Published Saturday, September 22, 2007 1:09PM EDT
A second man has been arrested in connection with two York University sexual assaults that occurred in early September, Toronto police confirm.
The second arrest comes just three days after Daniel Katsnelson, 25, turned himself into 31 Division in North York. The recent York graduate appeared in court on Thursday on 11 charges.
Police told the Canadian Press they received information within the past 24 hours that lead them to the most recent arrest.
Justin David Connort, 25, appeared in court Saturday on 11 charges including:
- five counts of break and enter
- two counts of sexual assault
- two counts of gang sexual assault
- two counts of forcible confinement
Police allege two male suspects walked into six dormitory rooms on different floors of the university's Vanier College.
Two 19-year-old women, both in their first year of university, were raped and a third woman was attacked. The women were sleeping alone in their unlocked rooms at the time.
The attacks and the subsequent cries from the student body to increase campus security prompted the university to heighten the presence of campus police. University officials are also reviewing security measures campus wide in light of the assaults.
It's still undetermined how the attackers were able to gain access to the residence building. Students can only enter the building using a pass card for the outside entrance.
With files from the Canadian Press