Houghton Regis man arrested in swimming pool sex pest investigation

A 40-year-old man from Houghton Regis has been arrested in connection with sexual offences which took place at the Aqua Vale swimming pool in Aylesbury.

The man was arrested on Wednesday, on suspicion of ‘sexual assault on a female’, ‘assault on a female over 13 by penetration’ and ‘observation of a person doing a private act’.

On February 7, two teenage girls were sexually assaulted in the pool’s changing area, while on April 2 a man was seen peeping at a 19-year-old woman under the bottom of a changing cubicle.

The man has been bailed until May 22.

Det Sgt Simon Johnson from Aylesbury Force CID said: “These offences at Aqua Vale in Aylesbury caused understandable distress for the local community and those people who use the leisure centre regularly.

“I would like to reassure the public that these offences are rare and that Thames Valley Police takes reports of this nature extremely seriously.

“Our investigation into this case is ongoing, and we have made one arrest in connection with both incidents. Thames Valley Police will continue to protect the community and work to prevent further crimes of this nature.”

If you have any information please contact the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org . No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.