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Maple Ridge youth worker charged with sex assault, child pornography

Last Updated Mar 14, 2019 at 6:57 pm PDT

(Tom Ross - 660 NEWS)

MAPLE RIDGE (NEWS 1130) – A youth care worker with the Maple Ridge School District has been charged with production and possession of child pornography as well as sexual assault and sexual interference.

RCMP say 52-year-old Daniel Jon Olson has been charged with one count of possessing child pornography; one count of making, printing, publishing or possessing for the purpose of publication child pornography; eight counts of sexual interference; and two counts of sexual assault with a weapon.

Police say the charges are related to allegations over the past 11 years.

The school district says Olson worked in a number of elementary and secondary schools.

“The charges are very serious and deeply concerning,” reads a statement from the school district. “While we have no first-hand knowledge about the charges, we are informing all our families out of an abundance of caution so that parents/guardians can direct any information they may have about this matter directly to the Ridge Meadows RCMP.”

In the statement, the district says its number one priority is student safety and well-being.

Police say Olson has been released on conditions and will appear in court April 2, 2019.

The school district says Olson has been on unpaid leave since the district was first notified of his arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cst. Tana Goode at 604-467-7681 or Cpl. Joshua Roda at 604-476-6902 with the Ridge Meadow Serious Crimes Unit.