Nanny faces sexual charges in case involving two boys

Nanny faces sexual charges in case involving two boys
Nanny charged with sex abuse of 3 B.C. children
Saanich police are worried there may be more alleged victims after a local nanny was charged with sex offences against three children, including two brothers in his care.

Johnathon Lee Robichaud, 30, of Central Saanich has been charged with one count of sexual interference, two counts of invitation to sexual touching and one count of making sexually explicit material available to a child.

Police say Robichaud has lived in the Greater Victoria region for a long time and has had various employment and volunteer opportunities at youth groups, church groups, child care groups, child care facilities and before and after-school care programs.

The investigation began when a mother reported that her sons, who are both under the age of 10, may have been abused by the family nanny, according to a police statement. Police later identified a third alleged victim.

Robichaud is currently under conditions prohibiting him from having any contact with children under the age of 16 or attending recreation centres, daycares, schools, churches, parks, or anywhere a child under the age of 16 could be found.

"We all have a responsibility to protect children and we need the public's help in assisting us."

They say they also identified another victim through the material gathered, and say theres "compelling" evidence that there are even more child victims who have not come forward.

Robichaud has lived in the Victoria region for a "significant period of time," police say and has worked or volunteered with youth groups, church groups, child-care facilities and before-and-after-school programs. He's also advertised his nanny services online.

In a news release, Saanich police said a report came to them in July from a parent expressing concern that her two sons under the age of 10 may be victims of sexual offences.

Robichaud is currently bound by conditions that bar him from contact with any children under the age of 16 and from visiting recreation centres, daycares, schools, churches, parks or any other place frequented by children.

Investigators say they're unable to provide any specifics about the charges against Robichaud, but they're asking anyone whose child has been alone with him to call police at 1-250-475-4756.

Johnathon Lee Robichaud, 30, is accused of sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and making sexually explicit material available to a child. (Police Handout)

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Robichaud now faces charges of sexual interference, two counts of invitation to sexual touching and one count of making sexually explicit material available to a child.

Out of an abundance of caution, police are asking anyone whose child has been alone with Jonathon Robichaud to contact investigators.

A Saanich nanny is facing sex charges related to several children, and police are appealing for other possible victims to come forward.

Detectives investigating the allegations identified 30-year-old Johnathon Lee Robichaud, who had worked as the familys nanny, as a suspect.

Saanich police say Jonathon Lee Robichaud is facing one count of sexual interference, two counts of invitation to sexual touching and one count of making sexually explicit material available to a child.

Theyre also asking any parents whose children have been alone with Robichaud to contact them "out of an abundance of caution."

Police said they began an investigation after a parent came to investigators with allegations their nanny had committed sexual offences against their two young sons.

Court records show the charges were sworn Sept. 12. His next scheduled court appearance at the Victoria Law Courts is Sept. 26.

Police identified Robichaud as the suspect, and during the investigation discovered a trove of sexually suggestive images involving children.

Police are asking anyone with information on Robichauds work and volunteer history to contact them at 250-475-4756.

Detectives were able to identify another child, police said, and believe there may be other kids affected who have not come forward.

According to police, Robichaud has lived in the Greater Victoria area for some time, and has worked and volunteered in positions with youth groups, church groups, child care facilities and before-and-after-school care programs.

Robichaud has been released from custody, and is on court-ordered conditions not to be in contact with children under the age of 16, not to attend recreation centres, daycares, schools, churches or anywhere else a child might reasonably be.

Out of an abundance of caution, police are also asking anyone whose child has been alone with Robichaud to contact Saanich police at 1-250-475-4756.

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