A 49-year-old man has been charged with multiple sexual assaults on a teenage girl in the early 2000s.
The Edmonton Police Department began investigating the historic sexual assaults in August 2021. It was reported to police that between March 2006 and September 2007 the accused began a relationship with a 16-year-old girl and sexually assaulted her on several occasions.
Patrick Charles Howarth was arrested on October 26, 2021 and charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation.
Howarth worked as an actor and combat captain at the Citadel Theater between March and June 2006, and in a teaching role at the University of Alberta drama department from January to March 2007, police said. He was in his mid-thirties at the time. Investigators believe there may be other victims.
In a Nov. 2 statement, U of A deputy provost Wendy Rogers said Howarth had served as a non-academic lecturer, research assistant and lecturer in the drama department and was currently enrolled in as a graduate student.
She added that the school was “appalled” by the news and was cooperating with investigators.
“We have taken steps to ensure the safety of our students and our community. We are working closely with the Edmonton Police Service as they continue to investigate. The U of A will also review this matter and our protocols for all areas where we can learn and improve.”
Citadel Theater artistic and executive directors Daryl Cloran and Sarah Pocklington told CTV News Edmonton in a written statement Nov. 3 that they are also working with police.
“We previously established an independent third-party contact for people who may have concerns about violence of any kind within our theater community and we are in the process of re-establishing that service for anyone wishing to raise concerns. .
“The Citadel Theater stands with all survivors of sexual violence and will continue to offer whatever support we can to survivors, their families, or anyone else affected by violence of any kind in our community.”
Other victims and others with information are urged to contact EPS or Crimestoppers, or submit an anonymous report online.