The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) announced Thursday the arrest the day before of a 27-year-old individual from Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures for sexual assaults on five women in the Quebec region.

Mathieu Arsenault appeared by videoconference on several counts of sexual assault for facts that allegedly took place between February and June.

As a reminder, on April 1, the police intervened at the Duchesnay tourist resort in Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, where a woman had been sexually assaulted.

Almost at the same time, a man was seen walking in the parking lot of the same station, the SQ said in a statement.

The progress of the police investigation led to the arrest of the suspect and the identification of other additional victims, five women aged 30 to 65.

The suspect remains in custody and will appear again Monday at the Quebec City courthouse, it was added.

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