PICCADILLY, Newfoundland, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Two girls, 12 and 13, were found cowering under the floorboards of a home of a Newfoundland man under orders to avoid children, Canadian police said.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said they received complaints 41-year-old Brian Benoit was breaking a court order to avoid being with anyone under the age of 16, The Western Star newspaper reported Wednesday.
Mounties went to Benoit’s home in Piccadilly in western Newfoundland Monday evening and said they could see two young females through the windows.
They knocked on the door and said Benoit took some time before answering. Officers couldn’t initially find the girls, but discovered a door under a rug that opened to a crawl space beneath the living room, police said.
The girls had been drinking alcohol but were otherwise unharmed, the report said.
Benoit was charged with breaching a court order, supplying alcohol to minors, sexual interference, sexual assault, trafficking in a controlled drug or substance, and resisting or obstructing a peace officer. He will appear in court Thursday, police said.
Details of why he was under a court order to avoid minors weren’t released.