A priest from a Roman Catholic Church in Little Grand Rapids is facing a long list of charges in connection to an alleged sexual assault of an 8-year-old girl.

Little Grand Rapids RCMP say the girl was at the local Roman Catholic church alone with the priest when he allegedly touched her inappropriately and tried to keep her from leaving the building.

The child was eventually able to flee to her home. 

Arul48-year-old Arul Savari faces several charges (Facebook)

48-year-old Arul Savari, who was also a priest in the community of Puingassi First Nation, has since been arrested. He is charged with Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference, Sexual Exploitation of a Young Person, Luring a Child, and Forcible Confinement. He remains in custody.

Since Savari’s arrest, additional youths have been identified as potential victims, and investigators believe there could be more victims. 

Anyone who may have information or is a victim is encouraged to contact Little Grand Rapids RCMP at 204-397-2249.