Woodstock man charged with attempted murder of sex-trade worker

47-year-old Peter Anthony Pasco of Woodstock, who is known to travel, is charged with attempted murder of a sex worker from Hamilton. (Photo via Hamilton police)

A Woodstock man is accused of attempted murder following an incident in Hamilton earlier this week.

According to Hamilton police, officers were called to a residence on October 5, around 5 p.m. for an alleged sexual assault of a woman in her 40s.

As a result, 47-year-old Peter Anthony Pasco has been charged with the attempted murder of the victim, who officers say is a sex-trade worker.

Detectives from the Hamilton Police Sexual Assault Unit believe there may be more victims as Pasco is known to travel.

“We want all survivors of sexual violence to know that we believe them and we will respect their choice in when they report an incident, where and how,” a statement from Hamilton police read.

For support locally, survivors can contact the Regional Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London by calling 519-646-6100 extension: 64224 Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. After-hours calls can be made at 519-646-6100 extension: 0.

Additionally, women who have experienced sexual can call the London Abused Women’s Centre at 519-432-2204 to set up an appointment to see an advocate or counsellor.

Anyone with information should call Hamilton police at 905-540-5553. Tips can also be sent to Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppershamilton.com.