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Sexual Assault Investigation,
Man Arrested,
Pooran "Bruce" Sancharra, 64

Broadcast time: 11:30
Date: Friday, October 30, 2020
Unit: 32 Division
Phone: 416-808-3200
Case #: 2020-1748844

The Toronto Police Service is alerting the public to an ongoing sexual assault investigation.

It is alleged that:

- between January 2001 to December 2009, a girl was sexually assaulted multiple times by a man

- some of the assaults took place in the Bayview Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East area

- at the time of the incidents, the girl was between 8 and 16 years old

- the man was between 44 and 52 years old

On Thursday, October 29, 2020, Pooran "Bruce" Sancharra, 64, of Toronto, was arrested. He is charged with:

1. five counts of Sexual Interference
2. five counts of Sexual Assault
3. two counts of Invitation to Sexual Touching

He appeared at court at 1000 Finch Avenue West on Thursday, October 29, 2020.

Investigators believe there may be other victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes or Google Play.

A sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact. It includes, but is not limited to, kissing, grabbing, oral sex and penetration. To learn more about sexual assault, including how to report a sexual assault, please visit our Sex Crimes website.

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Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Chris Cheung, 32 Division

Sexual Assault Investigation,
Man Arrested,
Pooran "Bruce" Sancharra, 64

Current photograph of Pooran
Above: Current photograph of Pooran "Bruce" Sancharra.

Sexual Assault Investigation,
Man Arrested,
Pooran "Bruce" Sancharra, 64

Photograph of Pooran
Above: Photograph of Pooran "Bruce" Sancharra from 2001 to 2009.