2 women accuse youth pastor and wife of historic sexual assault: police

Raymond Swash has been charged with multiple sex offenses after he was accused by two women of molesting them as teenagers when he was a youth pastor in the 1980s and 1990s.

Two women say they were sexually assaulted by a youth pastor at a North York church when they were teenagers in the 1980s and 1990s.

One of the two complaints alleges that she was also sexually assaulted by the man’s wife.

A local woman presented herself to York Regional Police on June 10, claiming she was sexually assaulted between the ages of 13 and 17 by the man and woman while they were all attending Banfield Memorial Church in North York between 1987 and 1990.

The man is said to have been a youth pastor at the church

Then, on June 28, a second woman came forward claiming to have been sexually assaulted by the man between the ages of 13 and 14 in 1992 and 1993. She also attended the same church as him at the time.

Police believe the suspects were involved with other youth groups in York Region, Hamilton, Niagara Region and other districts in Ontario.

Images of the couple have been released to help any other potential victims identify them.

Raymond Swash, 64, of Grimsby, is charged with gross indecency, sexual intercourse with a person under 14, sexual assault and other offences.

Sandra Swash, 61, of Grimsby, has been charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation.

Sexual assault includes any non-consensual contact of a sexual nature, police said, adding that they encourage others who may have been victims to come forward.

If potential victims are not ready to report, they are urged to contact York Region Victim Services or the Women’s Support Network, police said.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit at 1-866-876-5423 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.


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