UPDATE: Suspect in alleged violent sexual assault pleads guilty

Nicholas Johnson appeared in a Kingston court on Oct. 25 and pleaded guilty to a sexual assault police say he committed on Aug. 18.

A man who allegedly violently sexually assaulted a woman in downtown Kingston on Aug. 18 pleaded guilty on Wednesday.

Nicholas Johnson, 27, appeared in a Kingston court on Oct. 25 to answer to a sexual assault charge, for which he pleaded guilty. He is still facing other charges, including break and enter, choking and forcible confinement charges.


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Those charges will be dealt with when he is sentenced for the guilty plea on January 29.

Kingston Police say the violent sexual assault took place in the early hours of the morning. Investigators say Johnson allegedly broke into a downtown apartment and sexually assaulted a young woman.

Johnson was arrested just hours later.

Det. Sgt. Barbara Hough says it was thanks to social media and quick work of detectives, that they were able to find the alleged suspect.

“It was a combination of officers pounding the pavement and social media, tips from the community,” Hough said.

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Police say a number of images from local surveillance cameras also helped in the case. This included a camera looking into the back parking lot of CKWS. Hough said the variety of images they had allowed them to create a timeline, to understand the suspect’s movements.

“We got some of the video from outside the streets, from a variety of stores and businesses that helped out that were able to help piece things together.”

Police had released an image of a person of interest on Saturday, asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect.

After piecing together that image with tips, detectives were able to make an arrest.

With files from Alex Mazur and Frazer Snowdon

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