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Accused pleads guilty to sexual interference against youth victims following a Major Crime Unit investigation

Update to media release:


New Westminster – In May 2021, The New Westminster Police Department Major Crime Unit began an investigation into sex related offences against youth victims. Since the initial media release and arrest of a suspect, Major Crime Unit investigators had identified a total of three victims who were allegedly exploited by the same person.

On June 6th 2023, Marcio Leite Cerquinho pled guilty to:

Two (2) counts of Sexual Interference contrary to section 151 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

“The New Westminster Police Department Victim Assistance Unit is always available to those who come forward to tell their story,” stated Media Relations Officer Sergeant Leaver. “We take sexual offence investigations extremely seriously and we will leave no stone unturned to ensure that suspects who engage in these types of crimes are held to account before our justice system.”

The New Westminster Police Department would like to thank the different specialized units involved that assisted with this investigation: Major Crime Unit and the Victim Assistance Unit.

Marcio Leite Cerquinho will be sentenced in November 2023.



CONTACT PERSON: Hailey Finnigan


FILE: 2021-7742