12-year-old girl sexually assaulted by stranger at home

Police say man barged in after knocking at door

Police say a sexual attack on a Toronto girl in her home started with a knock at the door.

The knock came at around 10 am Wednesday on the door of a home near Morningside Avenue and Ellesmere Road.  A 12-year-old girl went to answer. It is not clear if her parents were around.

"When she opened the door," explains police constable David Hopkinson, "the man standing before her, who was a total stranger, entered the home, and sexually assaulted her."

Hopkinson says while the door was not damaged and the girl was not hospitalized after the attack, the man is thought to have "barged" his way in. Hopkinson describes the girl's actions once the man was inside the house as "smart and brave."  He says she screamed out for help, and it is thought that is what caused her attacker to leave.

Toronto Police have charged 63-year-old Sivakumar Sivagnanam. He faces two counts each of sexual assault, sexual interference, forcible confinement and being unlawfully in a dwelling.

Police believe the attack is an isolated incident but ask anyone with information to the contrary is asked to call police 416-808-7474 or to contact Crime Stoppers.

Constable Hopkinson also offered a reminder a reminder: "You don't have to open the door if you don't wish to."

He recommends using windows or peep-holes to identify visitors or asking people to ID themselves through the door. But if you are afraid or just do not want to deal with the person on the other side of the door, it is OK to walk away.

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