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Man, 24, charged with nine sexual offences in Abbotsford and Mission

Alleged victim, who he met online, is under the age of 16

A 24-year-old man has been charged with nine sexual offences in Abbotsford and Mission involving a person under the age of 16.

William Laws Clark faces three counts of sexual interference of a person under 16, three counts of invitation to sexual touching and three counts of sexual assault from May and July 2017.

Six of the charges are based in Abbotsford, and the other three are in Mission, according to the provincial court database.

Abbotsford Police Sgt. Judy Bird said an investigation began after the complainant disclosed the alleged offences to an adult in December 2017, and the matter was then reported to the police.

Laws Clark initially faced three charges in April of last year, but six more were added near the end of December.

Bird said it is alleged that Laws Clark and the complainant met online and then met on occasion in person. She could not provide any further details.

Laws Clark is next scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 6 for an arraignment hearing.

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