A 34-year-old Sioux Lookout resident is facing sexual assault charges after a week-long investigation.

The OPP says the investigation into an allegation of sexual assault that occurred in Sioux Lookout began on January 18, and as a result, one resident was arrested.

34-year-old Andrew James (AJ) Schardt of Sioux Lookout was charged with Sexual Assault and has been released from custody. He’s set to appear in Sioux Lookout courts on February 28.

“Officers would like to remind the public to be aware of their surroundings and be mindful of personal safety risks, especially when considering accepting rides from strangers. If you plan to be out, have a plan to get home safely,” wrote the OPP, in a prepared release.

The OPP adds that if you have any information that may assist investigators, you’re asked to contact police at 1-888-310-1122, the Sioux Lookout OPP at 807-737-2020, anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.crimestoppers.ca