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Former hospital worker facing additional child sex assault charges

Last Updated Mar 8, 2018 at 2:26 pm EDT

Terrence Noftall, 55, was arrested on Jan. 9, 2018, accused of sexually assaulting the child of a woman he met while working at Toronto Western Hospital. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service

A Toronto hospital worker charged in a child exploitation case back in January is facing new charges after more alleged victims have come forward.

Terrance Noftall, 55, is facing nine new charges stemming from his time at a campground in Innisfill, Ontario.

Toronto Police allege Noftall befriended and sexually assaulted at least two children while vacationing at the Bee Happy Campground between 2000 and 2009. Investigators would not comment on the number of victims.

It’s also alleged Noftall communicated with children over social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram and accessed online child sexual abuse material between 2016 and 2017.

He’s facing three charges of sexual assault and sexual interference, along with accessing child pornography and breach of probation.

Noftall was on probation stemming from a 2009 conviction for sexual interference, however, Detective Constable Alexandra Marks declining to offer more particulars on that incident.

Noftall’s previous charges stemmed from allegations he befriended a woman and her child while working at Toronto Western Hospital in 2012.

Investigators allege he sexually assaulted the child, showed the child pornography and had inappropriate communications with the child.

As part of his conviction, Noftall was issued a criminal court order for 10 years that was meant to prevent contact with children, Marks said. One of the charges Noftall faces alleges a breach of that order.

Marks says the new alleged victims came forward following their original release on Noftall.

Marks, who described the case as “concerning,” said police believe there may be other victims and urged anyone with details to come forward, no matter how inconsequential the tip may seem.

“Any little bit of information can be helpful to an investigation,” she said. “We will patiently listen to any bits of information that people may have.”

The University Health Network would not comment on the length of Noftall’s employment with the organization or whether officials were aware of his criminal past.

Toronto Western Hospital Spokeswoman Alexa Giorgi, however, said the facility was implementing a policy to ask new workers for a police reference check as a condition of employment.

“We are putting processes in place to have this policy take effect on April 1,” she said. “… We currently have the requirement for self-declarations by employees with regard to any interaction with the police or college disciplinary committees.”

Files from The Canadian Press were used in this report