Sexual assault charge laid against personal support worker


Investigators with the #5 District Criminal Investigation Bureau have charged a 53-year-old personal support worker in relation to the sexual assault of a teenage female victim.

On Thursday, June 1, 2017, York Regional Police began investigating after a 17-year-old female volunteer at  Markham Stouffville Hospital reported that she was sexually assaulted by a man employed as a personal support worker.

On June 22, 2017, the accused was arrested and was charged in connection with the incident.

The accused is known to have worked as a personal support worker where he had access to vulnerable patients requiring care.  Investigators are releasing a photo of the accused to ensure there are no additional victims.


  • Ali TAHERI, 53, Town of Richmond Hill

  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Exploitation

The accusedwill be appearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on July 28, 2017.

A video of Constable Laura Nicolle speaking about the incident can be found here:

A sexual assault includes any non-consensual contact of a sexual nature. York Regional Police would like to encourage anyone who feels they may have been a victim of a sexual assault to come forward and report the incident to police. There is no statute of limitations for sexual offences and offenders can be prosecuted well after the date of the offence.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about this matter is asked to contact the York Regional Police #5 District Criminal Investigation Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7541, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at, or text to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK.